Nora D. Volkow, M.D., is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Paraphrasing from her professional bio, while in college at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City, she received the Robins Award for Best Medical Student of her Generation. Her psychiatric residency was at New York University, where she earned the Laughlin Fellowship Award as One of the 10 Outstanding Psychiatric Residents in the USA.
Dr. Volkow has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles and written more than 95 book chapters and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has also edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders."
For her work, Dr. Volkow has acknowledged with multiple professional awards including being induction into the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Hall of Fame; membership in the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences, and the International Prize from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research for her pioneering work in brain imaging and addiction science.
The media has taken note of her expertise and significance in the global medical community. Time Magazine has named her “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World”; Newsweek named her “One of the 20 People to Watch”; Washingtonian magazine has called her one of “100 Most Powerful Women” and U.S. News & World Report named her “Innovator of the Year”.
With all of her training, experience, expertise, and international acclaim, it is baffling that Dr. Volkow uses the term "marijuana" when describing cannabis.
Just goes to show the devastating power of a century of anti-cannabis propaganda.