Former Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The [1999 IOM] study concluded that smoking marijuana is not recommended for the treatment of any disease condition. In addition, the effects of cannabinoids studied are generally modest, and in most cases, there are more effective medications currently available. For those reasons, the Institute of Medicine concluded that there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication."
Experts PhD's and JD's (lawyers) with significant post-doctoral involvement in medical marijuana issues; judges who have presided over medical marijuana cases. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Partner, Venable, LLP, 2005-present
Under Secretary for Border & Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, 2003-2005
Administrator of US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), 2001-2003
Member, US House of Representatives (R-MO), 1997-2001
US Attorney for Western District of Arkansas, 1982-1985