Last updated on: 9/12/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Richard Glen Boire, JD Biography

Title:
Senior Fellow in Law and Policy at the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Medical marijuana is controversial for one reason; namely, as part and parcel of its beneficial medicinal properties, the plant produces a mild shift in consciousness that many people find enjoyable, beneficial, and in some cases spiritual. Under well-established legal principles related to intellectual freedom, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and privacy, the government is not permitted to restrain the manner or mode in which a person thinks…

Concerns related to the psychoactive effects of marijuana (when used for medicine or otherwise) are not only misplaced, such concerns are contrary to law in light of our nation’s abiding respect for individual liberty and freedom of thought…

To the extent that states are determined to retain their general criminal prohibitions concerning marijuana, a medical accommodation or exemption is necessary as an act of compassion for sick and injured people, and to conform state law to recent scientific and medical findings showing the medical efficacy of marijuana.”

“Medical Marijuana & Cognitive Liberty: First Amendment Implications of Marijuana Legislation,” Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, Feb. 27, 2003

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:
  • Founder, RGB Law Group, 2007-present
  • Senior Fellow in Law and Policy, Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, 2004-present
  • Founder and Attorney, Law Firm of Richard Glen Boire, 1990-present
  • Editor, Entheogen Law Reporter, 1993-2008
  • Co-Chair, Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, 1999-2004
  • Translator, Salvia Divinorum Growers Guide, 1998
  • Member, National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee
Education:
  • JD, University of California at Berkeley
Other:
  • Mr. Boire testified about Ecstasy before the United States Sentencing Commission and the California Public Safety Committee.