Last updated on: 2/19/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., LLB Biography

Title:
Chairman and President at the National Center of Addiction and Substance Aubse (CASA) at Columbia University
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Before following the Pied Pipers of medical marijuana, voters should take into account recent research which reveals some sharp edges of smoking pot that undermines its popular status as a ‘soft’ drug and underscore the need for a major biomedical research program.”

Sep. 30, 1997

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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:
  • Chairman and President, National Center of Addiction and Substance Aubse (CASA), Columbia University
  • Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Columbia University Medical School
  • Member, U.S. Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, 1977-1979
  • Former Editor, Harvard Law Review
Education:
  • LLB, Harvard Law School, 1955
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 1952
Other:
  • None found