Portrait of Malik Burnett, MD


Dr. Malik Burnett is a physician advocate who completed his medical and business training at Duke University. He believes that a public which is better informed about the science behind cannabis will be able to use cannabis safely and experience its many benefits. He is currently a Policy Manager in the Office of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington DC and a contributor for Medical Jane.


Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
Policy Manager
The Drug Policy Alliance is among the most prominent organizations for drug policy reform in America. The group was founded in 2000 and its focus spans from medical marijuana to youth drug education. In addition to their headquarters in New York, the Drug Policy Alliance has offices in New Mexico, Colorado, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and California. MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53422cdc8e92f89afbf09d5f', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' }; var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//static.mantis.marketing/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s); …

In The News

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July 03, 2014

The Role of Cannabis In Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
What Is Epilepsy? Seizures vs. Epilepsy The medical definition of a seizure is a clinical expression of abnormal, excessive, synchronous discharge of neurons residing primarily in the brain’s cerebral cortex. Alternatively, the term epilepsy encompasses a broad range clinical syndromes characterized by repeated seizures over time unprovoked by an acute systemic or neurological insult. “It’s the last thing you worry about before you go to bed; and the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning.” – Heather Jackson These definition’s however fail to capture the feelings of helplessness felt by parents, family members, …
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June 13, 2014

Physicians Recommend Cannabis As An Effective Treatment of Chronic Pain
What Is Chronic Pain? Pain is a complex phenomenon made up of physical, mental and social components. At a basic level, the ability to perceive pain has helped people survive throughout the ages. Without feeling the uncomfortable sensation when you touch a stove, which causes you to remove your hand, the heat from the stove would end up causing far more damage to the cells in your hand, than it did before you felt the pain. In essence, pain is the body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. However, it is when pain fails to subside, despite removing …
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June 04, 2014

Washington, D.C. Expands List Of Qualifying Conditions For Medical Marijuana
Last week, the Department of Health in Washington D.C. decided to expand the number of qualifying conditions in its medical marijuana program under an emergency notice provision. Prior to this announcement, there were four conditions for which doctors could recommend medical marijuana: HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, and conditions characterized by severe muscle spasms. DC Department Of Health Expands Medical Marijuana Program Partially due to the limited number of conditions, the total number of patients who have been able to participate …
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May 29, 2014

Finding The Optimal Therapeutic Ratio Of THC And CBD
In last week’s post we explored the entourage effect and how all the compounds within the cannabis plant work together to give the plant its therapeutic versatility. But one question remains in minds of many medical cannabis patients: “what is the optimal ratio of cannabinoids for my needs?” The answer, like many questions in the world of medicine, is still being researched. Given the fact that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most prominent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, …
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May 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana: Much More Than Just THC and CBD
For years now Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been the most popular and widely researched cannabinoid in cannabis science. However, nowadays it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) has stolen the spotlight given its ability to provide therapeutic relief to children suffering from various epileptic disorders, while lacking the psychotropic effects (i.e. high) of THC. It’s even gotten to the point that state legislature are passing laws “CBD-only” medical marijuana legislation. Given all of this, it is easy to see how CBD and THC can be viewed …

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