Last updated on: 1/15/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Alex Berenson Biography

Title:
Novelist and Former New York Times Reporter
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Even now, doctors cannot prescribe marijuana, because the FDA has never approved cannabis to treat any medical conditions…

Cannabis’s general uselessness as medicine shouldn’t surprise anyone who thinks through the issue. The human body is incredibly complicated… Why would a single plant treat conditions as different as dementia, irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer?… We don’t pretend that garlic or nightshade cure diseases better than more modern medicines, so why do we do so for marijuana?”

Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Novelist
  • Reporter, New York Times, 1999-2010
  • Former reporter, TheStreet.com
  • Former reporter, Denver Post
Education:
  • BA, History and Economics, Yale University, 1994
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @AlexBerenson
  • Has written a series of 12 spy novels (as of Jan. 2019) about a character named John Wells
  • Recipient, Edgar Award for best first novel, The Faithful Spy, 2007
  • Served as a correspondent in Iraq for the New York Times in 2003 and 2004
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?