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

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:
  • 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:
  • None found