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John Rennie Biography

Editor-in-Chief of the Scientific American
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Medical marijuana is caught in a classic Catch-22 situation: It is banned because the federal government dismisses the evidence of therapeutic benefit as insufficient. But because marijuana is banned, scientists can’t easily gather more evidence to make the case. And new drugs based on marijuana are casualties of the same policies. Meanwhile, patients continue to suffer despite strong evidence that work in this area could lead to better medicines.”

“Observations” blog, Scientific American , Apr. 21, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American, 1994-present
  • Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American Presents quarterly, 1998-present
  • Board of Editors, Scientific American, 1989-1994
  • BS, Yale University, 1981
  • His writing has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, Longevity and other publications. His numerous television and radio appearances include ABC World News Weekend, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the A&E Special Scams, Schemes and Scoundrels, FOX News Channel, Entertainment Tonight, ABC News Overnight, CBS Early Show and National Public Radio’s Science Friday