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John Cloud Biography

Staff Writer for Time magazine
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“So if marijuana can be harmful to healthy people -- but usually isn’t -- could it actually be good for the sick? This is where the science gets scraggier -- and in the absence of data, politics takes over…

NAUSEA Pot’s ability to enhance appetite may have more to do with its high and less to do with any direct effects on nausea…

GLAUCOMA Marijuana does reduce pressure on the eyeball, about 25%, but the drug isn’t always practical as a glaucoma treatment…

SPASTICITY Marijuana can help people with spasticity (extreme muscle tension) and tremor due to multiple sclerosis and trauma. But the drug hasn’t been rigorously compared with the standard antispastic treatments…

PAIN In patients with postoperative pain, THC is more effective than a placebo, and some reports suggest smoking pot may reduce the need for highly addictive opioids. But the A.M.A. says better-designed studies are needed to properly evaluate pot as a painkiller…”

“Is Pot Good For You?,” Time, Nov. 4, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Staff Writer, Time magazine, 1997-present
  • Panelist, National Research Symposium on Talent Development, The University of Iowa, 2006
  • Recipient, Third place (tie with Andrew Sullivan), NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards, 2005
  • Recipient, Second place, NLGJA Excellence in News Writing Award, Sponsored by Hearst Newspapers, 2005
  • Recipient, Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, National Press Club, for “The Right’s New Wing,” Time, Aug. 30, 2004
  • Recipient, Special Citation, National Awards for Education Reporting, “Inside the New SAT,” Time, Oct. 19, 2003
  • Recipient, 2nd Prize (with co-author Jodie Morse), National Awards for Education Reporting, (Magazines, National category), “Home Sweet School,” Time, 2002
  • Panelist, “The Culture of Ecstasy,” Symposium on Ecstasy, the Medicine, Science, and Culture Of MDMA, N.W. Center for Health and Safety, sponsored by the Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation, 2001
  • Senior Writer, Washington City Paper, 1995-1997
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