Last updated on: 4/12/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Norman S. Miller, MD, JD Biography

Title:
CEO of Health Advocates PLLC
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We believe an objective, scientific analysis of the medical facts to date would reveal that policy for ‘medical marijuana’ seems to be based primarily on profit and addiction. State-approved ‘medical marijuana’ is largely a political action
arising outside of traditional medical practice and not based on usual medical scrutiny and standards…

If marijuana is legalized, we envision commercial interests will likely expand to and target the addicted users as they do for alcohol and nicotine currently.”

Cowritten with Thersilla Oberbarnschiedt, “Current Medical and Legal Status for Smoked ‘Medical Marijuana,'” Psychiatric Annals, June 2017

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:
  • CEO, Health Advocates PLLC, May 2007-present
  • Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Central Michigan University, 2013-2014
  • Professor of Psychiatry, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, 1998-2005
  • Director of Addiction Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, 1998-2005
  • Chief of Division of Addiction Programs, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 1993-1998
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 1991-1998
  • Associate Attending Physician, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991-1998
  • Director, Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 1988-1991
Education:
  • JD, Michigan State University College of Law, 2004
  • MD, Howard University College of Medicine, 1974
  • BA, Psychology/Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1966
Other:
  • Named one of America’s Top Doctors in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2015 and America’s Top Psychiatrists 2010-2015.
Quoted in:
  1. How Addictive Is Marijuana?