Last updated on: 5/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Lynn Zimmer, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Professor Emeritus at Queens College, City University, New York (CUNY)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The question is not whether marijuana is better than existing medication. For many medical conditions, there are numerous medications available, some of which work better in some patients and some which work better in others. Having the maximum number of effective medications available allows physicians to deliver the best possible medical care to individual patients.”

Cowritten with John P. Morgan, MD, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Fact, Aug. 1997

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:
  • Former Professor Emeritus, Queens College, City University, New York (CUNY)
  • Author of numerous scholarly articles on drug use and drug testing
  • Received the Lester Grinspoon Award for Achievement in the Field of Marijuana Law Reform from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), 2000
  • Received the Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship from the Drug Policy Foundation (now the Drug Policy Alliance)
Education:
  • PhD, Cornell University
Other:
  • Deceased (1947-2006)
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?
  2. Is Marijuana a "Gateway" or "Stepping Stone" Drug?
  3. Does Marijuana Use Permanently Damage the Human Brain?
  4. Is Marijuana Bad for the Immune System?