Last updated on: 7/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, PhD Biography

Title:
State Senator, Washington (D), 36th Legislative District
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana’s use for medical purposes is already recognized under Washington state law, following voter approval of Initiative 692 in 1998. It is time that patients received similar protection under federal law.”

“Where’s Bush’s Compassion for Medical Marijuana Users?”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mar. 27, 2002

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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:
  • State Senator, (D-WA), 36th Legislative District, Seattle, Washington
  • Member, Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission
  • US House of Representatives, 1992-1994; Majority Whip, 1993-94
  • Former Lecturer, University of Washington (Sociology, Education, Women’s Studies)
  • Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Member, Western Policy Leaders Forum Advisory Committee
  • Member, Eleanor Roosevelt Global Leadership Institute Advisory Committee; Work and Family Leadership Advisory Committee; Center for Women Policy Studies Policy Council
  • Member, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Education Technology Advisory Committee; K-20 Network Board; Governor’s Fire Protection Task Force; Children’s Legislative Oversight Committee; Sentencing Guidelines Commission; Public Stadium Authority Advisory Committee; Joint Legislative Systems Committee; Child Care Coordinating Committee
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology of Education, UCLA
  • MA, Sociology, UCLA
  • MA, Education, California State University, Northridge
  • BA, Education, California State University, Northridge
Other:
  • None found