Last updated on: 9/21/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul Broun, MD Biography

Title:
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-GA)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“As I promised on the campaign trail, I would make the Constitution my primary guide on how I voted on all matters. [The vote on the Hinchey Amendment] was a constitutional issue pertaining to ‘restraining’ the federal government from interfering with the right of states to establish public policy on matters not specifically addressed by the Constitution.”

Statement to the press, Jul. 26, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-GA), 2007-present
  • Physician
  • Life Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • President, Georgia Sport Shooting Association
  • Member, Gun Owners of America
  • Member, UGA President’s Club
  • Member, Rotary Club, Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman, Georgia Wildlife Federation
  • Education:
  • MD, Medical College of Georgia
  • BS, University of Georgia
  • Other:
  • Born in Athens, GA on Dec. 7, 1946