Last updated on: 10/18/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Leslie Iversen, PhD Biography

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

“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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
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
Education:
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Cambridge
Other:
  • 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?