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Richard Nixon, LLB Biography

Title:
37th President of the United States
Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“As you know, there is a Commission that is supposed to make recommendations to me about this subject; in this instance, however, I have such strong views that I will express them. I am against legalizing marijuana. Even if the Commission does recommend that it be legalized, I will not follow that recommendation… I can see no social or moral justification whatever for legalizing marijuana. I think it would be exactly the wrong step. It would simply encourage more and more of our young people to start down the long, dismal road that leads to hard drugs and eventually self-destruction.”

“The President’s News Conference,” The American Presidency Project website, May 1, 1971

[Editor’s Note:The 1972 Schafer Commission report, which recommended removing marijuana from the scheduling system and decriminalizing it, was rejected by President Nixon thus leaving marijuana in Schedule I.]

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:
  • 37th US President, 1969-1974
  • Recipient, TIME magazine Man of the Year, 1971, 1972
  • Recipient, Silver Buffalo Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1971
  • Partner, Nixon, Mudge, Rose Guthrie & Alexander law firm, 1964-1969
  • Attorney, Mudge, Stern, Baldwin & Todd, 1963-1964
  • Attorney, Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, 1961-1963
  • Chairman, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1956-1961
  • US Vice President (Dwight Eisenhower administration), 1953-1961
  • US Senator (R-CA), 1951-1953
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-CA), 1947-1951
  • Lieutenant commander, US Navy, 1942-1946
  • Recipient, American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, US Navy
Education:
  • LLB, Duke University, 1937
  • BA, Whittier College, 1934
Other:
  • Legal name is Richard Milhous Nixon
  • Born January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, CA
  • Died April 22, 1994
  • Married to Pat Nixon; two daughters, Tricia and Julie
  • Resigned from office on Aug. 9, 1974 in the face of impeachment over the Watergate Scandal
  • Pardoned by Gerald Ford on Sep. 8, 1974