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Karen P. Tandy, JD Biography

Former Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, has been accepted as having medicinal value when processed into Marinol. Marijuana itself, however, has not been shown to have medical benefits; accodrdingly, I have no basis for believing that marijuana, and smoking marijuana, has any such benefits.”

Senate Confirmation Hearing, “Responses of Karen Tandy to Questions Submitted by Senator Durbin”

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations and Public Policy Division, Motorola, Inc., 2008-present
  • US DEA Administrator, 2003-2008
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General
  • Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), 2001-2003
  • Chief, Litigation Unit, Asset Forfeiture Office, US Department of Justice
  • Assistant US Attorney, 1977-1990
  • Recipient, Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • Recipient, Department of Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement
  • Recipient, US Attorney Director’s Award for Superior Service
  • Recipient, Public Service Award from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) America, 2005
  • JD, Texas Tech University Law School, 1977
  • BA, Texas Tech University
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Has the Government Blocked Clinical Trials of Marijuana?