Last updated on: 1/27/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Ralph Nader, LLB Biography

Title:
Attorney, author, and consumer advocate
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The criminal prosecution of patients for medical marijuana must end immediately, and marijuana must be treated as a medicine for the seriously ill…

[R]esearch has shown marijuana to be a safe and effective medicine for controlling nausea associated with cancer therapy, reducing the eye pressure for patients with glaucoma, and reducing muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, para- and quadriplegia…

Physicians must have the right to prescribe this drug to their patients without the fear of the federal government revoking their licenses, and doctor-patient privacy must be protected. The Drug Enforcement Administration should not be practicing medicine.”

Interview with the Drug War Chronicle, Oct. 8, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Independent US Presidential Candidate, 2004, 2008
  • Green Party US Presidential Candidate, 2000
  • Attorney, author, and consumer advocate
  • Founder, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, Disability Rights Center, Pension Rights Center, Project for Corporate Responsibility, The Multinational Monitor
  • Founder, Center for Study of Responsive Law (CSRL), 1969
  • Lecturer, History and Government, University of Hartford, 1961-1963
  • US Army, 1959
Education:
  • LLB, with distinction, Harvard Law School, 1958
  • AB, magna cum laude, East Asian studies, Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University, 1955
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?