Last updated on: 6/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Dennis Kucinich Biography

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

“Well, four years go when there were raids in California, I as a member of the Congress objected to that. And, of course, it’s a matter between doctors and patients, and if doctors want to prescribe medical marijuana to relieve pain, compassion requires that the government support that. And so as president of the United States, I would make sure that our Justice Department was mindful that we should be taking a compassionate approach.

I want to go one step further, because this whole issue of drugs in our society is misplaced. Drugs have infected the society, but I think we need to look at it more as a medical and a health issue than as a criminal justice issue.”

Democratic forum on Viacom’s Logo cable network, Aug. 9, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 2008 Democratic Candidate for US President
  • Member, U.S House of Representatives (D-Ohio), 1997-present
  • 2004 Democratic presidential candidate
  • Recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award for Promoting Enduring Peace, 2003
  • Senator, Ohio State Senate, 1995-1996
  • Member, Cleveland City Council, 1983
  • Mayor of Cleveland, 1977-1979
  • Clerk of Courts, Cleveland Municipal Courts, 1976-1977
  • Member, Cleveland City Council, 1969-1973
  • Member, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • Member, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States (IATSE), an AFL-CIO affiliated union
Education:
  • MA, Case Western Reserve University, 1974
  • BA, Case Western Reserve University, 1973
Other:
  • None found