- Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-IN)
- Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency charged with protecting the health of Americans, has never found smoked marijuana to be a safe and effective drug. In April 2006, following my request, the FDA released an interagency advisory confirming that smoked marijuana is not medicine because: (1) marijuana has a high potential for abuse; (2) it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and (3) it has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. The advisory also stated: ‘…there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful.’
The FDA has approved Marinol, however, and I support the availability of this prescription drug, which is currently available to patients. Marinol pills contain synthetic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.”
“Issues: Medical Marijuana,” souder.house.gov (accessed Sep. 5, 2007)
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Member, US House of Representatives (R-IN), 1994-May 21, 2010
- Senior member, House Committee on Homeland Security; House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; House Committee on Education and Labor
- Chairman, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism
- Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, National Parks Caucus
- MBA, University of Notre Dame, 1974
- BS, Business Administration, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, 1972
- Resigned from office on May 21, 2010 after admitting to an affair with a staff member.
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