Last updated on: 2/1/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Ron Paul, MD Biography

Title:
Former member of the US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“After deferring to the DEA, your release reads that, ‘FDA is the sole federal agency that approves drug products as safe and effective for intended indications.’ Why then has the FDA failed to respond to the 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report which concluded that marijuana’s active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea, the anorexia of AIDS wasting, and other symptoms, and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials?

It perplexes us that even though the FDA is responsible for protecting public health, the agency has failed to respond adequately to the IOM’s findings seven years after the study’s publication date. Additionally, this release failed to make note of the FDA’s Investigational New Drug (IND) Compassionate Access Program, which allowed patients with certain medical conditions to apply with the FDA to receive federal marijuana. Currently, seven people still enlisted in this program continue to receive marijuana through the federal government.

The existence of this program is an example of how the FDA could allow for the legal use of a drug, such as medical marijuana, without going through the ‘well-controlled’ series of steps that other drugs have to go through if there is a compassionate need.”

Letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), signed by Rep. Paul and 23 other Members of the US House of Representatives, Apr. 27, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Campaign for Liberty
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas, 1997-2013
  • Former chairman, Liberty Caucus of Fellow Congressmen on Capitol Hill
  • Former member, Financial Services Committee; International Relations Committee; Joint Economic Committee
  • Former member, Subcommitte on the Western Hemisphere; Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology; Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight; Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)
  • Former member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty
  • Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee
  • Distinguished Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Past Member, Gold Commission
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 1968-1996
  • US Senate, Republican Candidate, 1984
  • Representative, US House of Representatives, Texas District 22, 1976-1977, 1979-1985
  • Republican Nominee for United States House of Representatives, 1974
  • Air National Guard, 1965-1968
  • US Air Force, Captain, 1963-1965
Education:
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1961
  • BA, Gettysburg College, 1957
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RonPaul
  • As a physician he refused to accept payment by Medicare or Medicaid, preferring to work for free or pre-arranged discounts or payment plans for poor patients
  • Ran for president in 1988 as a candidate for the Libertarian party
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?