Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Asa Hutchinson, JD Biography

Title:
Former Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“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.”

Dec. 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
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
Education:
  • JD, University of Arkansas School of Law, 1975
  • BS, Bob Jones University, 1972
Other:
  • US DEA Administrator nomination under President George W. Bush
  • As a Congressman in the House of Representatives, served on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees
Quoted in:
  1. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?