Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Mary Ellen Bittner, JD Biography

Title:
Chief Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Position:
None Found to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Feb. 13, 2007

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:
  • Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 1991-Present
  • Professional Registered Parliamentarian
  • Member, National Association of Parliamentarians
  • Member, Zonta International, 1982-Present
  • International President, Zonta International, 2004-2006
Education:
  • JD, Law, University of Illinois
  • MA, Economics, University of Illinois
Other:
  • Issued a non-binding Feb. 12, 2007 ruling in the matter of Lyle E. Craker, PhD, that stated the following:

    “I conclude that granting Respondent’s application would not be inconsistent with the Single Convention, that there would be minimal risk of diversion of marijuana resulting from Respondent’s registration, that there is currently an inadequate supply of marijuana available for research purposes, that competition in the provision of marijuana for such purposes is inadequate, and that Respondent has complied with applicable laws and has never been convicted of any violation of any law pertaining to controlled substances.

    I therefore find that Respondent’s registration to cultivate marijuana would be in the public interest. I recommend that Respondent’s application be granted.”