Last updated on: 12/23/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Scott Akins, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Sociology at Oregon State University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“In light of the scientific evidence demonstrating medical marijuana’s effectiveness and support for medical marijuana laws by several prominent organizations, the federal government’s actions with respect to medical marijuana seem terribly misguided. The government’s stance on marijuana in general, and medical marijuana in particular, also seems inconsistent with public sentiment towards the substance…

Criminal justice responses to drug use tend to do little or nothing to reduce drug use in the general population, while simultaneously creating a number of social and economic problems. The most problematic consequences of these policies are that they substantially increase prison populations and justice system expenditures and that they disproportionately impact members of minority groups and the lower classes.”

Cowritten with Clayton Mosher, PhD, Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration, 2007

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:
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Oregon State University, 2005-present
  • Member, Committee on Publications, The Pacific Sociological Association, 2010-present
  • Graduate Advisor, Department of Sociology, Oregon State University
  • Data Review Subcommittee Chair, Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee, 2008-present
  • Recipient, Sociology Student Choice Award: Outstanding Mentor, 2006
  • Recipient, Sociology Student Choice Award: Outstanding Professor, 2005
  • Recipient, James F. Short Jr. Research Award, 2001
  • Recipient, Washington State University Sociology Department Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2001
  • Recipient, William R. Wiley Exposition of Scholarship and Research, Social and Administrative Sciences Division, 2001
  • Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, Washington State University, 2002
  • MA, Sociology, Washington State University, 1999
  • BS, Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University, 1994
  • Other:
  • Birthday is May 10