George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"[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
Experts 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
PhD, Economics, Louisiana State University, 1991
MS, Economics, Louisiana State University, 1989
BS, Foreign Languages, Mississippi State University, 1987