Last updated on: 7/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter D. Friedmann, MD, MPH Biography

Title:
Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I’m one of those folks who believes we need more studies to really know what the long-term effects are…

Within the medical community, there probably is consensus that we need more information in terms of the types of conditions for which it might be useful… But there probably are some conditions it will prove to be useful for…

For the various indications for which we would use medical marijuana, there are other compounds that are less abusive…

The fact that it has psychoactive effects makes it potentially abusable, and I have concerns whether we neet to make commercially available another potentially abusable substance.”

“State May Take Over Dealers’ Game,” Brown Daily Herald, Mar. 20, 2008

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:
  • Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate
  • Chief Research Officer and Endowed Chair for Clinical Research, Baystate Health
  • Associate Dean for Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate
  • Former Associate Professor of Medicine and Community Health, Brown University School of Medicine
  • Faculty Member, Substance Abuse Research Unit, Rhode Island Hospital
  • Member of the training faculty, Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
  • National Mentor, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (CSAT/SAMHSA) Interdisciplinary Program to Improve Health Professional Education in Substance Abuse
  • Guest Associate Editor, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Special Issue- “Substance Abuse: Innovations in Primary Care,” 2002
  • Recipient, Best Workshop Award for “Primecare: Promote Recovery in Medical Care,” 25th Annual National Meeting of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2002
Education:
  • MD, Boston University
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
  • BA, Boston University
Other:
  • None found