Last updated on: 7/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert L. DuPont, MD Biography

Title:
President of the Institute for Behavior and Health
Former Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The concept of ‘medical marijuana’ is ironic because smoked marijujuana is the cause of many serious health problems, and it is the solution to none…

There are more effective, safer and better-tolerated medicines now available for all of the illnesses for which the marijuana advocates propose using smoked marijuana…

Burning leaves is not a modern drug delivery system, period. ‘Medical marijuana’ is an oxymoron…

More people need to see ‘medical marijuana’ for what it is: a cynical fraud and a cruel hoax… Legitimizing smoked marijuana as a ‘medicine’ is a serious threat to the health and safety of all Americans.”

Testimony of Robert L. DuPont, MD, to the House Committee on Government Reform, Apr. 1, 2004

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:
  • Life Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), 1996-present
  • Vice President and Co-Founder, Bensinger, DuPont and Associates (BDA), 1982-present
  • Clinical Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1980-present
  • Founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, 1978-present
  • Recipient, John P. McGovern Award, ASAM, 1999
  • Founding Member, Medical Review Officer Committee, ASAM, 1989
  • Chairman, Drug Dependence Section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), 1974-1979
  • White House Drug Chief (second ever to hold position), 1973-1978
  • Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (first ever to hold position), 1973-1978
  • Administrator, District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration (NTA), 1970-1973
  • Recipient, Melvin C. Hazen Award, presented to the outstanding man in DC government, Downtown Jaycees, 1971-1972
  • Director of Community Services, District of Columbia Department of Corrections, 1968-1970
  • Chairman, Forensic Science Committee, ASAM
  • Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • International Fellow, Drug Free Australia
Education:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, 1963
  • BA, Emory University, 1958
Other:
  • Born March 25, 1963 in Toledo, OH
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?