Last updated on: 11/19/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Kampia Biography

Title:
Founder and Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The medical benefits of marijuana are widely recognized…there is almost no way that a science-based approach can lead to the conclusion that marijuana--even smoked marijuana--is not medicine. The opposition to medical marijuana isn’t based on science, but rather lies and myths that are refutable by indisputable facts…Regarding the claim that marijuana is too dangerous to be a medicine, it is interesting to note that there has never been a death attributed to an overdose of marijuana. Clearly, most prescription drugs are far more dangerous than marijuana.”

Testimony by Robert Kampia, House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, Apr. 1, 2004

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project
  • Testified before the US House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources in Apr. 2004, attacking the federal government’s medical marijuana policies, as well as subcommittee Chariman Mark Souder (R-IN)--a vocal opponent of medical marijuana
  • Testified before the US House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources in Mar. 2001, arguing that a medical marijuana case before the US Supreme Court (US v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative) was limited in scope and did not affect the ability of states to determine their own medical marijuana laws
  • Testified before the state legislatures of California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington
  • Debated experts on national television such as then-White House Deputy Drug Czar Andrea Barthwell, then-DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson, and former California Attorney General Dan Lungren
Education:
  • BS, Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1993
Other:
  • Ran for the US House of Representatives on the Libertarian ticket while living in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, DC in 2000 (lost to Eleanor Holmes Norton)