Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"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."
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