Last updated on: 1/27/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Provet, PhD Biography

Title:
President and Chief Executive Officer at the Odyssey House
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“As a treatment provider, I support the Food and Drug Administration’s dismissal of medical benefit from marijuana.

Regardless of the heated political debate that swirls around this issue, the fact remains that despite the Institute of Medicine’s claim to the contrary, for people vulnerable to addictive disease, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to the use of more dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin…

Not everyone who smokes marijuana will necessarily become an addict. But why open the gate to increased use for the sake of unproven medical benefits when we already know the harm that marijuana inflicts on millions of Americans?”

Letter to the New York Times, Apr. 26, 2006

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:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Odyssey House, 1999-present
  • Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Boston University, 1987
  • MA, Psychology, City College of New York, 1983
  • BS, Mental Health, Tufts University, 1980
  • Other:
  • Is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Addictions Specialist
  • Quoted in:
    1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?