Last updated on: 5/14/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Tod Mikuriya, MD Biography

Title:
Psychiatrist and Medical Coordinator
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Cannabis is leading the way for a more holistic type of medical care, a general revolt against corporate rationed care and traditional pharmaceutical company approaches to medicine. Patients use marijuana to get off toxic drugs. They find fellowship in compassion clubs. They find empowerment in fighting against prohibition, standing up to police and demagogues. Our opponents can threaten our freedom, but they can’t kill our spirit.”

mikuriya.com/cannabis.html (accessed 2001)

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:
  • Member, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Member, California Society for Addiction Medicine
  • Member, Medical Marijuana Task Force, State of California
  • Former Psychiatrist, Private Practice, Berkeley, CA
  • Medical Coordinator, Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, Hayward Hempery, CHAMP, San Francisco, Cannabis Buyers’ Club, 1996-2007
  • Attending Psychiatrist, Eden Medical Center, 1991-2007
  • Member, City of Oakland Medical Marijuana Working Group, 1996
  • Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Eden Hospital, Castro Valley, CA, 1993-1994
  • Attending Staff Psychiatrist, Gladman Hospital, Oakland, 1969-1992
  • Member, Board of Directors, Biofeedback Society of California, 1976-1980
  • Examining Psychiatrist Panel Member, Berkeley Police Department, 1975-1980
  • Consultant, National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (aka Shafer Commission), 1972
  • Consulting Psychiatrist, Alameda County Alcoholism Clinic, 1968-1969
  • Consulting Psychiatrist, Alameda County Health Department Drug Abuse Project (set up nation’s first methadone program policy and protocol), 1969
  • Consulting Research Psychiatrist in Charge of Marijuana Research, National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, 1967
Education:
  • Training, Southern Pacific General Hospital, San Francisco, 1963
  • MD, Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, 1962
  • BA, Psychology, Reed College, Portland, 1956
Other:
  • Died on May 20, 2007
Quoted in:
  1. For Which Symptoms or Conditions Might Marijuana Provide Relief?
  2. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for the Symptoms of Arthritis?
  3. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety, and Similar Mood Disorders?