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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • 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