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Jerry S. Mandel, PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The issue of whether marijuana has medicinal benefits no longer seems to be in question. Hundreds of scientific studies and thousands of testimonials from patients have established marijuana’s effectiveness in controlling the nausea of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation; in enhancing appetites for AIDS patients who suffer a wasting syndrome or who have adverse reactions to their HAART (highly active antiretroviral treatment) medications; in reducing intraocular pressure for persons with glaucoma; in giving relief from spasms of muscular dystrophy; and for relieving pain from dozens of other serious diseases.”

“Providing Medical Marijuana: The Importance of Cannabis,” cowritten with Harvey W. Feldman, PhD, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Apr.-June 1998

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State University
  • President, National Association of Ethnography and Social Policy
  • Founder, La Familia Unida AIDS Outreach Project
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1969
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