Former Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, has been accepted as having medicinal value when processed into Marinol. Marijuana itself, however, has not been shown to have medical benefits; accodrdingly, I have no basis for believing that marijuana, and smoking marijuana, has any such benefits."
Senate Confirmation Hearing, "Responses of Karen Tandy to Questions Submitted by Senator Durbin"
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:
Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations and Public Policy Division, Motorola, Inc., 2008-present
US DEA Administrator, 2003-2008
Associate Deputy Attorney General
Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), 2001-2003
Chief, Litigation Unit, Asset Forfeiture Office, US Department of Justice
Assistant US Attorney, 1977-1990
Recipient, Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service
Recipient, Department of Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement
Recipient, US Attorney Director's Award for Superior Service
Recipient, Public Service Award from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) America, 2005
JD, Texas Tech University Law School, 1977
BA, Texas Tech University
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