Last updated on: 5/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Rick Doblin, PhD Biography

Title:
President of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“As long as patients report that the medical use of marijuana eases their suffering more effectively than legally obtainable medications, MAPS will continue to work towards marijuana research.”

Sep. 1995

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:
  • Founder and President, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization, 1995
  • Doctoral dissertation on the medical use of psychedelics and marijuana
  • Masters thesis on the attitudes of oncologists regarding the medical use of marijuana
Education:
  • PhD, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • MA, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • BA, New College of Florida
Other:
  • MAPS provided grants to Dr. Donald Abrams, UCSF, for medical marijuana research
  • MAPS provided grants to Dr. Ethan Russo, University of Montana, for medical marijuana research
Quoted in:
  1. Is the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approval Process Subverted by Passing Bills and State Initiatives That Legalize Medical Marijuana?
  2. Has the Government Blocked Clinical Trials of Marijuana?