10/12/2012

Feds to Debate Marijuana as Medicine

The federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance—meaning it has no medically accepted use. Next week, interest group Americans for Safe Access will present the scientific case for marijuana’s therapeutic effects to a federal appeals court, in hopes of relaxing federal restrictions. Oncologist Donald Abrams reviews the evidence on cannabis.

Segment Guests

Donald Abrams

Donald Abrams is a chief of oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California.

Bertha Madras

Bertha Madras is a professor of psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Southborough, Massachusetts.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.