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

Lyn Nofziger Biography

Title:
Writer, Commentator, and Political Consultant
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana clearly has medicinal value. Thousands of seriously ill Americans have been able to determine that for themselves, albeit illegally. Like my own family, these individuals did not wish to break the law but they had no other choice. The numerous attempts to legitimately resolve the issue-via state legislation and federal administrative hearings-have too often been ignored or thwarted by misguided federal agencies. Several states conducted extensive, and expensive, research programs which demonstrated marijuana’s medical utility-particularly in the treatment of chemotherapy side-effects. Francis L. Young, the chief administrative law judge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, ruled marijuana has legitimate medical applications and should be available to doctors.”

“Foreword,” Marijuana RX: The Patients’ Fight for Medicinal Pot, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Writer, Commentator, and Political Consultant
  • Press Secretary to Ronald Reagan during the 1980 presidential campaign
  • White House Director of Communications and Chief Speech Writer under President Reagan
  • Deputy chairman for communications, Republican National Committee
  • Political consultant to Republican candidates throughout the US
Education:
  • BA, Journalism, San Jose State University, 1950
Other:
  • Died on March 27, 2006
  • Wrote the Forward for Marijuana Rx, 1999
  • Daughter took marijuana to treat symptoms relating to lymph cancer treatment
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?