Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Mitt Romney, JD Biography

Title:
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“I believe marijuana should be illegal in our country. It is the pathway to drug usage by our society, which is a great scourge -- which is one of the great causes of crime in our cities. And I believe that we are at a state where, of course, we are very concerned about people who are suffering pain, and there are various means of providing pain management. And those that have had loved ones that have gone through an end of life with cancer know the nature of real pain. I watched my wife’s mom and dad, both in our home, both going through cancer treatment, suffering a great deal of pain. But they didn’t have marijuana, and they didn’t need marijuana because there were other sources of pain management that worked entirely effectively. I’m told there is even a synthetic marijuana as well that is available. But having legalized marijuana, in my view, is an effort by a very committed few to try and get marijuana out into the public and ultimately legalize marijuana. It’s a long way to go. We need less drugs in this society, not more drugs, and I would oppose the legalization of marijuana in the country or legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes because pain management is available from other sources.”

Town hall event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 4, 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:
  • 2008 Republican Candidate for U.S. President
  • CEO/Managing Partner, Bain Capital, Incorporated, 1984-present
  • Governor, State of Massachusetts, 2002-2006
  • President/CEO, Salt Lake Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, 1999-2002
  • Former Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association
  • Candidate, United States Senate, 1994
  • Visiting Committee, Harvard Business School
  • Points of Light Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Mariott, Staples, Babbages, and Duane Reade
  • Named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class
Education:
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1975
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 1975
  • BA, Brigham Young University, 1971
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?