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Leslie Iversen, PhD Biography

Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The available animal data are more than adequate to justify its approval as a human medicine.”

“Cannabis Less Harmful Than Aspirin, Says Scientist,” Independent (UK), Oct. 20, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford
  • Chairman of the Board/Director, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated, 2000-present
  • Founder and Director, Panos Therapeutics Ltd.
  • Director, Wolfson Centre for Research on Age-Related Diseases,Kings College London, 1999-2004
  • Director, Neuroscience Research Centre Merck Research Laboratories, 1983-1995
  • Director, UK Medical Research Council Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit, 1970-1983
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London
  • Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Cambridge
  • Acted as the specialist adviser to the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee’s inquiry into Cannabis, 1998
Quoted in:
  1. How Addictive Is Marijuana?
  2. Is Medical Marijuana More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
  3. Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?