Last updated on: 1/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Philip Denney, MD Biography

Title:
Physician and co-founder of a medical cannabis evaluation practice
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I have found in my study of these patients that cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else.”

Testimony to the Arkansas legislature in support of House Bill 1303, “An Act to Permit the Medical Use of Marijuana,” Nov. 17, 2005

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:
  • Co-founder, medical cannabis evaluation practice
  • Physician specializing in cannabis evaluations, 1999-present
  • Approved cannabis use for 8,000+ patients
  • Serves as an expert witness in medical and legislative hearings
Education:
  • MD, University of Southern California (USC) Medical School, 1976
  • Attended Ohio State University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Migraines?