Last updated on: 9/7/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The power of state governments to enact and enforce state medical marijuana laws is not affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling. State laws allowing the use of medical marjuana still offer patients significant protection.”

Posted to the ACLU website by ACLU staff attorney Allen Hopper, June 6, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The ACLU engages primarily in legislative lobbying while the ACLU Foundation carries out most of the litigation and communication efforts.”

ACLU website (accessed Nov. 7, 2006)

Mission:

“The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.”
  • ACLU website (accessed Nov. 7, 2006)

    Other:
    Nonprofit