Last updated on: 7/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Kevin B. Zeese, JD Biography

Title:
President of Common Sense for Drug Policy
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Pressure for medical marijuana will continue to build unless the federal government reacts responsibly. Science, politics and human compassion support prescription access to medical marijuana for the seriously ill. If the federal government continues to resist then they will gradually lose their monopoly over production and distribution of marijuana.”

“Research Findings on Medicinal Properties of Marijuana,” published on Common Sense for Drug Policy website, Mar. 1999

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:
  • President, Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP), 1994-present
  • Executive Committee Member, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Member, Board of Directors, Drug Policy Forum of Texas
  • Board Member Emeritus, DrugSense
  • Facilitates the Alliance of Reform Organizations
  • Vice President and Founding Counsel, Drug Policy Foundation, 1986-1994
  • Former Member, Drug Policy Foundation
  • Has testified in state and federal courts as an expert on various drug laws
  • Consulted for Walter Cronkite for the Discovery Channel special The Drug Dillemma: War or Peace?
  • Recipient, Richard J. Dennis DrugPeace Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform from the Drug Policy Foundation
  • Education:
  • JD, George Washington University Law School, 1980
  • BA, Political Science, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Other:
  • In 2002 debated U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Asa Hutchinson at a conference hosted by James Baker Institute at Rice University