Last updated on: 1/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Bob Barr, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (R-GA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Medical marijuana has a lot of efficacy, it should be supportive [sic], and it should be up to the states to vote and decide on those issues, not the federal government.”

Interview on Washington Journal, C-SPAN, Apr. 12, 2008

[Editor’s Note: Prior to Apr. 12, 2008, Bob Barr’s position was Con medical marijuana as indicated in his May 14, 2002 statement below.]

“This [marijuana] is not medicine. This is bogus witchcraft. It has no place in medicine, no place in pain relief, and it has no place around our children.”

May 14, 2002, radio debate with Neil Boortz

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:
  • 2008 Libertarian party US presidential nominee
  • 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy, American Conservative Union, 2003-2008
  • Of Counsel, Law Offices of Edwin Marger (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • President and CEO, Liberty Strategies, LLC
  • Lobbyist, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), 2007
  • US Representative (R-GA), 1995-2003
  • Private Practice of Law, Georgia, 1991-1994
  • President, Southeastern Legal Foundation, 1990-1991
  • Anti-Drug Coordinator, US Department of Justice, South Eastern United States, 1986-1991
  • US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, 1986-1990
  • Private Practice of Law, Georgia, 1978-1986
  • Official, US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), 1971-1978
  • Former Chairman, Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Former Vice Chairman, Full Government Reform Committee
  • Former Member of the Speaker’s Task Force for a Drug-Free America
  • Board Member, National Rifle Association
  • Board of Advisors, Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Chairman, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances
  • Member, The Constitution Project’s Initiative on Liberty and Security, Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute
  • Consulting on privacy issues, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Education:
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
  • MA, George Washington University, 1972
  • BA, University of Southern California (USC), 1970
  • HS, Community High School, Tehran, Iran, 1966
Other:
  • Host, “Bob Barr’s Laws of the Universe,” weekly radio show on Radio America
  • Columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Contributing Editor, The American Spectator