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Peter G. Bourne, MD, MA Biography

Former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“We did not view marijuana as a significant health problem–as it was not. Nobody dies from marijuana. Marijuana smoking, in fact, if one wants to be honest, is a source of pleasure and amusement to countless millions of people in America, and it continues to be that way.”

Oct. 2000

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:
  • Former Director, Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), “Drug Czar,” 1976-1978 (Carter Administration)
  • Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George’s University, Grenada
  • MA, Anthropology, Stanford University, 1969
  • MD, Psychiatry, Emory University Medical School, 1962
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