Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Wayne Hall, PhD Biography

Title:
Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Queensland
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I have not taken a strong position in the public debate about medical uses of marijuana, preferring to attempt what your web site does, to analyse the evidence the arguments pro and con. In 1999 I Chaired a Working Party from the Premier of New South Wales which suggested that the government follow the Canadian approach and grant an indemnity to prosecution for patients who had been diagnosed by a doctor as having a short list of medical conditions in which the evidence indicated that cannabis would be of benefit. I have since followed with interest the struggle of different countries to address this issue in different ways, none in my judgment very successfully.”

Email to ProCon.org, Nov. 3, 2005

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Queensland
  • Editorial Consultant, The Lancet, 2005
  • Professorial Research Fellow and Director, Office of Public Policy and Ethics, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, 2001-2005
  • Professorial Research Fellow in the Schools of: Political Science and International Relations, Population Health, Psychology and History, Philosophy, Classics and Religion, University of Queensland, 2001-2005
  • Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2002
  • Recipient, award from the Ted Noffs Foundation for the Outstanding Individual Contribution to the drug and alcohol field, 2001
  • Professor and Executive Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 1994-2001
  • Member, Order of Australia, 2000
  • Member, World Health Organization (WHO), Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, 1996
  • Acting Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 1993-1994
  • Associate Professor and Deputy Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, 1988-1993
  • Senior Lecturer in Human Behaviour, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, 1986-1988
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, University of Western Australia, 1983-1986
  • Specialist Researcher, Television Features, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1982
  • Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council, 1979-1981
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, University of New South Wales, 1977
  • BSc, Applied Psychology, University of New South Wales, 1972
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Marijuana Help People with Asthma or Other Breathing Disorders?