Last updated on: 9/11/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Randy E. Barnett, JD Biography

Title:
The Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Smoked cannabis does carry with it harms associated with it…but when people are sick and people are suffering and people are dying, they may be willing to run the risk of these long-term harms in order to get the immediate relief, the life-saving relief that cannabis has demonstrably been able to provide.”

Oral Arguments, Ashcroft v. Raich, U.S. Supreme Court, Nov. 29, 2004

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:
  • The Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center, 2006-present
  • Argued the medical cannabis case of Raich v. Gonzales on remand in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
  • Argued the medical cannabis case of Ashcroft v. Raich in the U.S Supreme Court, 2004
  • Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Senior Fellow, Goldwater Institute, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Formerly the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
  • Former Legal Affairs Contributor for WBEZ (NPR), Chicago
  • Former Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School and Northwestern University
  • Former Criminal Prosecutor, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago
  • Recipient, The Lysander Spooner Book Award for the best book on liberty, 2004
  • Recipient, Ralph Gregory Elliot Book Award, 1998
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • BA, Northwestern University
Other:
  • None found