Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal -- because it's not… We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine -- that is a joke...
There are pieces of marijuana -- extracts or constituents or component parts -- that have great promise. But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana -- which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana -- it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine."
Paula Reid and Stephanie Condon, "DEA Chief Says Smoking Marijuana as Medicine 'Is a Joke,'" cbsnews.com, Nov. 4, 2015
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:
Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Chief of Staff and counselor, FBI Director James Comey, 2013-2015
Lawyer, private sector, 2007-2013
Chief of Staff, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, 2007
Interim US Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, 2005-2007
Chief of Staff, FBI Deputy Attorney General James Comey, 2004-2005
Counsel, FBI Director, 2002-2004
Former legal analyst, NBC News
Lawyer, Hunton and Williams law firm, 2000-2002
Assistant US Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, 1994-2000
JD, University of Virginia, 1990
MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University