Last updated on: 8/31/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Francis L. Young Biography

Title:
Former Chief Administrative Law Judge at the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The evidence in this record [9-6-88 ruling] clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.

The record here establishes conclusively that at least ‘a respectable minority’ of physicians has ‘accepted’ marijuana as having a ‘medical use in treatment in the United States.’ That the others [physicians] may not makes no difference… Nothing more can reasonably be required. That some doctors would have more studies and test results in hand before accepting marijuana’s usefulness here is irrelevant.”

Ruling in the matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition (2.650 MB) , Sep. 6, 1988

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Former Chief Administrative Law Judge, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Deceased
Quoted in:
  1. Can Marijuana Use Cause Death?
  2. Should Marijuana Be Reclassified as a Schedule II or III Drug?
  3. Should Marijuana Be Used to Treat Nausea?
  4. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?
  5. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  6. Is Medical Marijuana More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?