Last updated on: 5/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Janet Lapey, MD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of Concerned Citizens for Drug Prevention, Inc.
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana is not the safe drug portrayed by the marijuana lobby. It is addictive; it adversely affects the immune system; leads to the use of other drugs such as cocaine; is linked to cases of cancer; causes respiratory diseases, mental disorders, including psychosis, depression, panic attacks, hallucinations, paranoia, decreased cognitive performance, disconnected thought, delusions, and impaired memory.”

“Statement to the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary in the House of Representatives,” Oct. 1, 1997

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
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:
  • Executive Director, Concerned Citizens for Drug Prevention, Inc.
  • Medical Advisor, International Drug Strategy Institute
  • President, Drug Watch International
  • Former Pathologist, New England Deaconess Hospital
  • Faculty, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School
Education:
  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1963
  • BA, Biology, Radcliffe College, 1959
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Can Marijuana Help AIDS/HIV Patients?