Last updated on: 5/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Elijah E. Cummings, JD Biography

Title:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-MD)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

Joined with the White House drug czar to “oppose efforts in the [Maryland] General Assembly to reduce penalties for terminally ill patients who use marijuana as medicine” (Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2003) The article quoted Rep. Cummings as stating “…there is little scientific evidence that marijuana can be used as a medicine.”

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:
  • Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-MD), 1996-present
  • Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Member, U.S. House Government Reform Committee
  • Ranking Member, Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee
  • Member, Wellness and Human Rights Subcommittee
  • Co-chair, House AIDS Working Group
  • Member, House Task Force on Health Care Reform
  • Member, Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America
  • Member, Executive Board, Dunbar-Hopkins Health Partnership
  • Writes a bi-weekly column for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper
Education:
  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1976
  • BA, Political Science, Howard University, 1973
Other:
  • Died on Oct. 17, 2019