Last updated on: 1/13/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Nancy Pelosi Biography

Title:
Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives (D-CA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Proven medicinal uses of marijuana include alleviation of some of the most debilitating symptoms of AIDS, including pain, wasting, and nausea. These benefits also improve the quality of life for patients with cancer, with MS, and other severe medical conditions…

Opponents of medical marijuana argue there are other ways to ingest the active ingredient of marijuana, including the use of synthetic THC. However, we know that the drug containing THC does not work for all people. There is no logic in the assertion that a very ill person should be sent to jail for using the smokeable form of a drug whose active ingredient is currently licensed for oral use.”

Statement in Support of Hinchey Amendment to Allow the Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes,”

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Representative, California 8th Congressional District, 1987-present
  • House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2011-present
  • Speaker, US House of Representatives (D-CA), 2007-2011
  • House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2002-2007
  • House Minority Whip, US House of Representatives, 2001-2004
  • Founding Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus, 1991-2003
  • Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Member, US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee
  • Chair, Congressional Working Group on China
  • Chair, Democratic Party, Northern California
  • Co-Chair, Bio-Medical Research Caucus
  • Appropriations Subcommittee; Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
  • Co-Chair, AIDS Task Force of the House Democratic Caucus
  • Honorary Board Member, National Organization of Italian American Women
  • Intern for Senator Daniel Brewster (D-MD)
Education:
  • Trinity College (Washington, DC), degree unknown, 1962
  • Attended Institute of Notre Dame High School
Other:
  • None found