Last updated on: 5/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Mark Souder Biography

Title:
Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-IN)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“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)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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
Education:
  • MBA, University of Notre Dame, 1974
  • BS, Business Administration, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, 1972
Other:
  • Resigned from office on May 21, 2010 after admitting to an affair with a staff member.
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?