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Jan 29, 2020

Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD, recently retired as chief of chemistry and drug metabolism at the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse but remains highly active in the field. She is a senior fellow at the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa.; consultant to the US Department of Transportation; and serves on the Science Advisory Boards of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and National Families in Action. She is known for her research on how marijuana use affects driving and how exposure to parents’ marijuana use affects the developing fetus, breast-feeding newborns, and young children, as well as the new psychoactive substances.

Key Points

  • Israel has had marijuana for medical use for a long time. Mechoulam first discovered THC in 1964.
  • Not until 1988 did we discover the cannabinoid receptor.
  • First International Medical Cannabis meeting
  • Doctors expected patients to return to them but found patients got their advice from untrained dispensary workers. This meeting changed that.
  • Israel has no recreational use at all.
  • Advice for US researchers