Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

John Hamm, MD Biography

Title:
Former Premier of Nova Scotia
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“If it has medical benefits and it is apparent now that it does, then it should be handled the way we handle any other medication that comes on the market.”

The Chronicle Herald, “Hamm Says Medical Marijuana Use OK,” Dec. 24, 2002

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:
  • Premier of Nova Scotia (Canada), 1999-2006
  • Leader of Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party, 1995
  • Past President, Nova Scotia Medical Society
  • Past President, Aberdeen Hospital medical staff
  • Family physician for 30+ years
Education:
  • MD, Dalhousie University, 1963
  • BSc, University of King’s College, Halifax
Other:
  • Nova Scotia is one of the 10 provinces and three territories of Canada
  • Nova Scotia was home to 940,000 people as of Jan. 2002