Last updated on: 5/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

W. Murray Thomson, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Dental Epidemiology and Public Health at Sir John Walsh Research Institute
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The study’s demonstration of a strong association between cannabis use and periodontitis experience by age 32 years indicates that long-term smoking of cannabis is detrimental to the periodontal tissues and that public health measures to reduce the prevalence of cannabis smoking may have periodontal benefits for the population.”

“Cannabis Smoking and Periodontal Disease Among Young Adults,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Feb. 6, 2008

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:
  • Professor, Dental Epidemiology and Public Health, Sir John Walsh Research Institute
  • Editor, New Zealand Dental Journal
Education:
  • PhD, University of Adelaide, 1999
  • MComDent (Master of Community Dentistry), University of Otago, 1991
  • MA, University of Leeds, 1986
  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), University of Otago, 1981
  • BSc, school unknown
Other:
  • None found