Last updated on: 7/17/2008 | Author:

Kate Scannell, MD Biography

Co-Director of Kaiser-Permanente Northern California Ethics Department
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“From working with AIDS and cancer patients, I repeatedly saw how marijuana could ameliorate a patient’s debilitating fatigue, restore appetite, diminish pain, remedy nausea, cure vomiting and curtail down-to-the-bone weight loss.

The federal obsession with a political agenda that keeps marijuana out of the hands of sick and dying people is appalling and irrational.”

San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2003

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:
  • Co-Director, Kaiser-Permanente Northern California Ethics Department
  • Specialty: Rheumatology
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 1980
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Can Marijuana Help AIDS/HIV Patients?