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Janet Joy, PhD Biography

Senior Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Medicine
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The IOM report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, released in March 1999, found that marijuana’s active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea and vomiting, AIDS-related loss of appetite, and other symptoms and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials. The therapeutic effects of smoked marijuana are typically modest, and in most cases there are more effective medicines. But a subpopulation of patients do not respond well to other medications and have no effective alternative to smoking marijuana.”

Cowritten with John Benson and Stanley Watson, “From Marijuana to Medicine,” Issues in Science and Technology, Spring 1999

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Program Officer, Division on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, U.S. Institute of Medicine
  • Study Director, U.S. Institute of Medicine Report, 1999
  • National Academy of Sciences: Intellectual Property issues, Neuroscience issues, and Environmental Management issues
  • Post-doc, University of Texas
  • Post-doc, Northwestern University
  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • Specialty: Neuroscience and Behavior
Quoted in:
  1. Can the "High" Associated with Marijuana Provide a Benefit to Health?