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Chuck Rosenberg, JD Biography

Former 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,'”, Nov. 4, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior counsel, Crowell & Moring
  • Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 2015-2017
  • 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
  • Education:
  • JD, University of Virginia, 1990
  • MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • BA, Tufts University, 1982
  • Other:
  • Born in Brooklyn, NY, on Sep. 10, 1960
  • Quoted in:
    1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?