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Dr. Bearman


David Bearman MD, Public Speaker

Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate. The issue is ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana. Physicians, with their training and clinical experience, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks. Dr Bearman is one of the most knowledgable physicians in California regarding the medical use of cannabis.

Dr. Bearman has worked at all levels of government. He was a medical officer for the Regional Office of the U.S. Public Health Service. He was Director of Health Services at San Diego State University. He was Director of Sutter County Health Department. He has taught courses on the pharmacology of psychotropic drugs at UCSF, UCSB and SDSU. He has written Demons, Discrimination, and Dollars, a Brief History of the Origins of American Drug Policy.

Dr. Bearman speaking on the endocannabinoid system
at the 3rd Clinical Cannabis Therapeutics Conference
in Charlottesville, VA. in 2004.


A panel of cannabinoid clinicians who spoke at the
2006 NORML Conference on quality of care.
Back Row L to R: Dr. O'Connel, Dr. Fry,
Dr. Denny, Fred Gardner (moderator).
Front Row L to R: Dr. Bearman, Dr. Lucido,
Dr. Mikuriya.

Dr. David Bearman has made hundreds of presentations to professional and lay audiences on medical marijuana, drug abuse treatment and prevention and the origins of American drug policy. He is a dynamic, entertaining, informative speaker. His presentations are illustrated by well-organized, Power Point slide shows. He is available to talk to medical groups, colleges, civic and parent organizations. He has made presentations on these topics to the American Public Health Association, the American College Health Association, Patients Out of Time, NORML, the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, the Pediatric Department of the Balboa Naval Hospital, Grand Rounds at San Diego Hospital, and the Department of Community Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Bearman has an impressive resume. From 1972 to the present, he has delivered expert witness court testimony on the pharmacology of recreational drugs in over 300 criminal and civil cases. In 1981, he received grants from San Diego County and Santa Barbara County to conduct a series of workshops on Training for Trainers in Drug Abuse Prevention and Intervention. In 1983, he organized and conducted a national conference on Parenting and Drug Abuse Prevention. He was a member of the California State Universities' Alcohol Task Force, and also a member of the San Diego County and Santa Barbara County Drug Abuse Technical Advisory Committees.

He was member of Governor Reagan's Interagency Task Force on Drug Abuse. In 1994, while medical director of the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority, he received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a plan for treatment of Dual Diagnosis.

For more information, please call Dr. Bearman's office at 805-961-9988,
or email him at davidbearman@cox.net.