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John L. Kane, Jr., JD Biography

Senior Judge of the US Courts for the District of Colorado
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“Either through public health clinics or through physicians and pharmacists, drugs ought to be provided to anybody, under medical supervision--and at no cost, if necessary.”

“Judge Urges Truce in War on Drugs,” Rocky Mountain News, June 4, 1998

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Senior Judge, US Courts for the District of Colorado, 1977-present
  • Adjunct professor, Colorado School of Law, 1996-present
  • Miller distinguished visiting professor of law, University of Denver College of Law, 1990-1996
  • Visiting lecturer in law, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1989
  • Adjunct professor, University of Denver College of Law, 1978-1988
  • Private practice, Denver, Colorado, 1970-1977
  • Instructor, Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado, 1973-1974
  • Country representative, Peace Corps, Turkey, 1968-1969
  • Deputy director, Peace Corps, Eastern Region of India, Calcutta, India, 1967-1968
  • Public defender, Adams County, Brighton, Colorado, 1965-1967
  • Private practice, Denver, Colorado, 1964
  • Deputy district attorney, Seventeenth Judicial District of Colorado, 1961-1963
  • Private practice, Brighton, Colorado, 1961-1963
  • Law clerk, Seventeenth Judicial District of Colorado, 1960-1961
  • JD, University of Colorado, 1958
  • BA, University of Denver College of Law, 1960
  • Appointed Dec. 16, 1977 by President Carter