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Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD Biography

Former US Surgeon General
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“It [marijuana] should be an option for patients who have it recommended by knowledgeable physicians. I don’t recommend it for recreational use.”

July 2003, as quoted in the Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) “Medical Marijuana Endorsements and Statements of Support,” available on (accessed Jan. 27, 2009)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Medical College of Georgia, 1983-1987
  • Dean and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine of the Medical College of Virginia, 1976-1983
  • Chief of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Hospital, Long Beach, CA, 1974-1976
  • Professor of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, 1974-1976
  • Director and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1973-1974
  • US Surgeon General (appointed by President Richard M. Nixon), 1969-1973
  • US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs, 1969
  • Deputy Director, US National Cancer Center, 1969
  • Associate Director for Programs, US National Cancer Center, 1968-1969
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, USC School of Medicine, 1959-1967
  • US National Cancer Institute, Director of Radioisotope Laboratory, 1954-1958
  • Instructor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1952-1954
  • MD, Western Reserve University, 1949
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh, 1945
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