Now Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"In the past year, the congressman has met several patients with debilitating illnesses that use doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. Hearing their stories, he feels that he cannot in good conscience deny doctor-prescribed treatment to a person that experiences excruciating pain on a daily basis."
Statement from Rep. McNerney's spokesman, Andrew Stone, as reported by the Oakland Tribune, July 11, 2008
[Editor's Note: Prior to the July 11, 2008 statement above, Rep. McNerney was classified as Con based on his July 26, 2006 statement explaining why he voted against the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, which would have cut off funding for federal efforts to stop states from allowing medical marijuana use.]
"We are facing a drug crisis with meth and other drug use on the rise. Until we get a handle on the crippling drug use in our society, I cannot support the relaxation of current drug policy."
Edward Epstein, "McNerney Draws Fire from Backers of Medicinal Pot / Freshmen Dems Blamed in Defeat of Plan to Stop Feds," San Francisco Chronicle, July 27, 2007
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:
Member, US House of Representatives (D-CA), Jan. 4, 2007-present