Last updated on: 2/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Richard N. Gottried, JD Biography

Title:
Member of the New York State Assembly, 64th District
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Thousands of New Yorkers have serious or life-threatening medical conditions that can be improved by medically-approved use of marijuana. The law should not stand between them and life-sustaining treatment under physician supervision.”

“Medical Use of Marijuana,” 1997

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:
  • Member, New York State Assembly, 4th District, 1970-present
  • Member, Health Committee
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Member, American Public Health Association
Education:
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 1973
  • BA, Cornell University, 1968
Other:
  • Proposed legislation in New York State to allow for the medical use of marijuana