Last updated on: 1/6/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Louisa Degenhardt, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Lecturer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The best prospects for the medical use of cannabinoids lie in finding ways to deliver THC that do not involve smoking and in developing synthetic cannabinoids that produce therapeutic effects with a minimum of psychoactive effects. While awaiting these developments, patients with specified medical conditions could be given exemptions from criminal prosecution to grow cannabis for their own use, at their own risk.”

“Medical Marijuana Initiatives,” CNS Drugs, 2003

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:
  • Senior Lecturer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 1998-present
  • An investigator on a large case control study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), examining potential gene-environment interactions between childhood trauma and the later development of heroin dependence
Education:
  • PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2001
  • Masters, Clinical Psychology, school unknown
Other:
  • None found