Last updated on: 2/22/2019 | Author:

Joseph Garbely, DO Biography

Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Caron appreciates the efforts made by Pennsylvania lawmakers with their thoughtful and highly regulated approach to the legalization of marijuana for medical use… Use is restricted to medical maladies including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, sickle cell anemia, AIDS, and glaucoma.

We have no objection to the appropriate and legal prescribing of medical marijuana for the conditions listed above. However, as an evidence-based treatment center, Caron’s position is that more research must be done to better understand the short- and long-term impact of the drug on individuals and the likelihood of abuse.”

“The Impact of Medical Marijuana Legislation,” (accessed Feb. 22, 2019)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Aug. 2012-present
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • Chairman, Physician in Training Committee, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Member, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association
  • Former Associate Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers
  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1990
  • Board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Recipient, Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, American Psychiatric Association
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Alternative to Opioid Treatment?