Last updated on: 8/23/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Mitch Earleywine, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“There are some superb research medical developments all supporting the idea that marijuana can help people who need to gain weight because of illnesses like cancer or HIV related wasting. I think the work on Multiple Sclerosis is extremely promising but again we only have a small number of cases. I am very optimistic about that work. The work on cannabis’s impact on migraine headaches seems extremely promising so that people can intervene early on when they first experience some of the symptoms of migraine and seem to cut off a migraine completely. The work on glaucoma is not as promising not because marijuana doesn’t seem to work it’s just that there other drugs that seem to work better.”

Interview with Liane Hansen of National Public Radio, Nov. 10, 2002

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:
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, 2005-present
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology, University of Southern California (USC), 1997-2005
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Science, USC, 1991-1997
  • Editor, Mind-Altering Drugs: The Science of Subjective Experience, 2005
  • Expert on personality and addictive behaviors, has received research grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as well as the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
Education:
  • PhD, Indiana University, 1990
  • BA, Columbia University, 1986
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Cause Depression or Other Mood Disorders?
  2. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?
  3. Has Legalizing Medical Marijuana Led to Increased Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents?