Last updated on: 2/9/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Matthew Large, MBBS Biography

Title:
Medical Superintendent of Mental Health Services at the Prince of Wales Hospital
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The results of meta-analysis provide evidence for a relationship between cannabis use and earlier onset of psychotic illness, and they support the hypothesis that cannabis use plays a causal role in the development of psychosis in some patients. The results suggest the need for renewed warnings about the potentially harmful effects of cannabis.”

“Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis: A Systematic Meta-analysis,” Archives of General Psychiatry, Feb. 7, 2011

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:
  • Medical Superintendent of Mental Health Services, Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
  • Senior Staff Psychiatrist, Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Education:
  • MBBS, University of Sydney, 1988
  • BSc, Medicine, University of Sydney, 1988
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?