Good morning, Senator Steans, Representative Davis and esteemed members of the General Assembly.
My name is Leslie Mendoza Temple. I am a board-certified Family and Integrative Medicine physician in Glenview, Illinois. I also served as the former Chair of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board for the Illinois Department of Public Health. It is important to note for the record that I am not speaking on behalf of any institution or my employer. I am speaking from my personal viewpoints and experience as a clinician….and as the proud mother of 3 sons, ages 7, 9 and 11 years old. I have no financial or other beneficial relationship with the medical cannabis industry.
Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, ABOIM is the Owen L. Coon Foundation Chair of Integrative Medicine and Medical Director of the NorthShore Integrative Medicine Program, a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and a board-certified Family Practice Physician. She received her B.A. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Following medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, she completed Family Medicine residency training at Northwestern University. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Weil, concurrently finishing a two-year fellowship in Family Medicine Faculty Development at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Temple combines the tools of modern Western medicine with safe, evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine (including cannabis) to achieve optimal health and symptom reduction and serves on the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Although personally opposed to the use of recreational substances, Dr. Temple believes the thoughtful regulation of cannabis is far more beneficial to public health and social justice than its prohibition.