Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Biden, JD Biography

Title:
US Vice President
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“We have not devoted nearly enough science or time to deal with the pain management and chronic pain management that exists. There’s got to be a better answer than marijuana. There’s got to be a better answer than that. There’s got to be a better way for a humane society to figure out how to deal with that problem.”

“Your Guide to the Candidates’ Views on Medical Marijuana: Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE),” Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana website, May 12, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Vice President, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2017
  • US Senator (D-DE), 1972-2009
  • 2008 Democratic Candidate for US President (withdrew on Jan. 3, 2008)
  • Chairman, Ranking Member, and Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, early 1990s-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law, 1991-present
  • Chairman, Ranking Member, and Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1981-present
  • Attorney, Private Practice, 1968-1972
  • Co-Chairman, Senate NATO Observer Group
  • Co-Chairman, Senate National Security Working Group
  • Vice Chairman, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • Co-Chairman, Congressional Fireman’s Caucus
  • Co-Chairman, Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus
  • Member, Senate Democratic Steering and Coordination Committees
  • Member, Congressional Air Force Caucus
  • Member, National Guard Caucus
  • Member, Senate Auto Caucus
  • Member, Senate Biotechnology Caucus
  • Member, Congressional Port Security Caucus
  • Councilman, New Castle County, 1970-1972
Education:
  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
  • BA, History & Political Science, University of Delaware, 1965
  • Archmere Academy, 1961
Other:
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