Last updated on: 7/10/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Rand Paul, MD Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-KY)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“For far too long, the government has enforced unnecessary laws that have restricted the ability of the medical community to determine the medicinal value of marijuana and have prohibited Americans from receiving essential care that would alleviate their chronic pain and suffering. I am proud today to stand with Sens. Gillibrand and Booker to introduce a bill that will fundamentally change our nation’s drug policies and have a positive impact on the lives of our Veterans and children.”

“Sens. Paul, Booker, & Gillibrand Announce CARERS Act: New Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill to Allow Patients – Including Veterans – to Access Necessary Care without Fear of Federal Prosecution,” paul.senate.gov, Mar. 10, 2015

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:
  • United States Senator (R-KY), Jan. 3, 2011-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2011-present
  • Recipient, TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” 2013
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, Twilight Wish Foundation, 2002
  • Former practicing ophthalmologist (Bowling Green, KY)
  • Founder, North Carolina Tax Payers Union, 1991
Education:
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1988
  • Attended Baylor University, 1981-1984
Other:
  • Born Randal Howard Paul on Jan. 7, 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Son of Ron Paul, former US Representative (R-TX) and Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012
  • Republican candidate in the 2016 US presidential election
  • Twitter handle: @RandPaul
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be Reclassified as a Schedule II or III Drug?