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Jerome P. Kassirer, MD Biography

Former Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“I believe that a federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane… Federal authorities should rescind their prohibition of the medicinal use of marijuana for seriously ill patients and allow physicians to decide which patients to treat. The government should change marijuana’s status from that of a Schedule 1 drug (considered to be potentially addictive and with no current medical use) to that of a Schedule 2 drug (potentially addictive but with some accepted medical use) and regulate it accordingly.”

“Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 30, 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Senior Assistant to the Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Editor, New England Journal of Medicine, 1991-1999
  • Associate Physician-in-Chief, New England Medical Center; Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1971-1991
  • Faculty, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1961
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Editorial Board of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Scientific Publishing Committee of the American Heart Association
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Buffalo General Hospital
  • Nephrology, New England Medical Center
  • MD, magna cum laude, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, 1957
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be Reclassified as a Schedule II or III Drug?
  2. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?
  3. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?