Last updated on: 2/22/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

W. David Bradford, PhD Biography

Title:
George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he medical community has largely resolved the question of whether cannabis is clinically useful… Cannabis may prove to be a pain management strategy that could substitute for opioids for many desperate patients, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) acknowledges that cannabis may be an effective tool to combat the opioid crisis. Researchers studying the relationship between medical cannabis laws and opioid use have found that states with such laws have nearly a 25 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths. The contrast between opioids — which killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 — and cannabis could not be more striking…

States benefit directly. Our work on Medicaid spending shows that they saved money — as much as $98 million in the case of California in 2014 — when they implemented medical cannabis laws in an environment in which the federal government took a hands-off attitude.”

Cowritten with Ashley C. Bradford, “Why Jeff Sessions Is Going to Lose His War against Cannabis,” washingtonpost.com, Aug. 1, 2017

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:
  • George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, Aug. 2008-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of Georgia, Aug. 2013-present
  • Affiliate, William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia, Mar. 2012-present
  • Director, Center for Health Economic and Policy Studies, Medical University of South Carolina, Dec. 2002-2008
  • Professor, Department of Health Administration and Policy, Medical University of South Carolina, July 2003-2008
  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Administration and Policy, Medical University of South Carolina, July 1998-2003
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Hampshire, Aug.
    1991-May 1996
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, Louisiana State University, 1991
  • MS, Economics, Louisiana State University, 1989
  • BS, Foreign Languages, Mississippi State University, 1987
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @bradfowd1
  • Co-authored the third most talked about article published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2018
  • Recipient, College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year, Medical University of South Carolina, 2000
  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Business, Louisiana State University, 1990
  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University, 1989 and 1990
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Alternative to Opioid Treatment?