Former Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The [1999 IOM] study concluded that smoking marijuana is not recommended for the treatment of any disease condition. In addition, the effects of cannabinoids studied are generally modest, and in most cases, there are more effective medications currently available. For those reasons, the Institute of Medicine concluded that there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication."
Experts 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:
Partner, Venable, LLP, 2005-present
Under Secretary for Border & Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, 2003-2005
Administrator of US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), 2001-2003
Member, US House of Representatives (R-MO), 1997-2001
US Attorney for Western District of Arkansas, 1982-1985