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James McKoy, MD Biography

Chief of Rheumatology at Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu, Hawaii
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“I have one patient with rheumatoid arthritis who uses it for pain and, other than getting a ‘high,’ it hasn’t reduced any of her needs for DMARDs [disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs], NSAIDs [non- steroidal anti inflammatory drugs], prednisone or Vicodin.

I see no change in her complaints of pain.”

“Marijuana as Medicine,” by Judith Horstman, published in Arthritis Today, Dec. 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief of Rheumatology, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1991-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Arthritis Today magazine
  • MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Teaches a class titled “Arthritis and the Healer Within” at Kaiser Permanante
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for the Symptoms of Arthritis?