Last updated on: 7/24/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Jon Gettman, PhD Biography

Title:
Self-employed consultant and researcher
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[C]annabis has an accepted medical use in the United States, is safe for use under medical supervision, has an abuse potential lower than Schedule I or II drugs, and has a dependence liability that is also lower than Schedule I or II drugs.”

“Petition to Reschedule Cannabis (Marijuana),” Oct. 9, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Self-employed consultant and researcher, 1994-present
  • Longtime contributor, High Times
  • Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, 2003-2005
  • Program Development and Research Analyst, Mouncey & Company, 2001-2003
  • Instructor of American History and Public Administration, College of Southern Maryland, 2000-2001
  • Research Assistant, Transportation Program, School of Public Policy, 1995-1996
  • Director of Communications, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), 1993
  • President and National Director, NORML, 1986-1989
  • Policy Analyst and Business Manager, NORML, 1981-1986
Education:
  • PhD, Public Policy and Regional Economic Development, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, 2000
  • MS, Justice and Drug Policy, American University, 1992
  • BA, Anthropology, Catholic University of America, 1985
Other:
  • Petitioned the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to re-schedule marijuana (with new co-filants, still pending) – See Petition to Reschedule Cannabis (Marijuana), 2002
  • Petitioned the DEA to re-schedule marijuana (DEA ruled that he lacked standing), 1995