Last updated on: 5/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen Sidney, MD Biography

Title:
Associate Director for Clinical Research at Kaiser Permanente
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[R]elatively few adverse clinical health effects from the chronic use of marijuana have been documented in humans. The criminalization of marijuana itself may expose the consumer to violence and criminal activity. While reducing the prevalence of drug abuse is a laudable goal, we must recognize that marijuana use is widespread despite the long-term, multibillion dollar War on Drugs. Therefore, medical guidelines regarding its prudent use should be established, akin to the commonsense guidelines that apply to alcohol use.”

“Marijuana Use and Mortality,” American Journal of Public Health, Apr. 1997

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:
  • Associate Director for Clinical Research, Division of Research (DOR), Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Member of the Alameda County Public Health Advisory Board
  • Board certified, internal medicine
  • Certified, Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Education:
  • MD, Stanford Medical School, 1976
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Yale University
  • Other:
  • Board member, Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music
  • Assistant coach, local high school cross-country team
  • Quoted in:
    1. Can Marijuana Use Cause Death?