Last updated on: 10/22/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The campaign to legitimize what is called ‘medical’ marijuana is based on two propositions: that science views marijuana as medicine, and that DEA targets sick and dying people using the drug. Neither proposition is true. Smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science – it is not medicine and it is not safe.”

“The DEA Position on Marijuana,” DEA website, May 2006

[Editor’s Note: The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed its “Con” position in an Oct. 22, 2009 telephone call with ProCon.org. When asked if the May 2006 “Con” position statement referenced above is still current in light of the Oct. 19, 2009 Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement that federal prosecutors should not prosecute legal medical marijuana patients, DEA Public Affairs Specialist Kevin McWilliams stated, “That’s current.”]

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

The law enforcement arm of the US Justice Department charged with enforcing the controlled substances laws.

Mission:

“To enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the US, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the US; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.”

“DEA Mission Statement,” DEA website (accessed Oct. 9, 2009)

Other:
Government agency
Quoted in:
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  2. Is Marinol Better Medicine Than Marijuana?
  3. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?
  4. Should Marijuana Be Reclassified as a Schedule II or III Drug?
  5. Should Marijuana Be Used to Treat Nausea?
  6. Has the Government Blocked Clinical Trials of Marijuana?
  7. What Happens Inside the Human Body When Marijuana Is Consumed?
  8. Can the "High" Associated with Marijuana Provide a Benefit to Health?
  9. Is Cannabidiol (CBD) Psychoactive?
  10. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  11. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  12. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  13. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  14. Should Cannabidiol (CBD) Be a Medical Option?
  15. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  16. What Is Marinol?
  17. Is Marijuana a "Gateway" or "Stepping Stone" Drug?
  18. What Is Marijuana?
  19. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  20. Does Marijuana Use Significantly Impair Driving Ability Even When Not under the Immediate Effects of the Drug?
  21. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  22. Is Medical Marijuana More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?
  23. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  24. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
  25. What Has the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Said about Medical Marijuana?
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