Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"As you know, there is a Commission that is supposed to make recommendations to me about this subject; in this instance, however, I have such strong views that I will express them. I am against legalizing marijuana. Even if the Commission does recommend that it be legalized, I will not follow that recommendation... I can see no social or moral justification whatever for legalizing marijuana. I think it would be exactly the wrong step. It would simply encourage more and more of our young people to start down the long, dismal road that leads to hard drugs and eventually self-destruction."
"The President's News Conference," The American Presidency Project website, May 1, 1971
[Editor's Note:The 1972 Schafer Commission report, which recommended removing marijuana from the scheduling system and decriminalizing it, was rejected by President Nixon thus leaving marijuana in Schedule I.]
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Involvement and Affiliations:
37th US President, 1969-1974
Recipient, TIME magazine Man of the Year, 1971, 1972
Recipient, Silver Buffalo Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1971
Partner, Nixon, Mudge, Rose Guthrie & Alexander law firm, 1964-1969
Attorney, Mudge, Stern, Baldwin & Todd, 1963-1964
Attorney, Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, 1961-1963
Chairman, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1956-1961
US Vice President (Dwight Eisenhower administration), 1953-1961
US Senator (R-CA), 1951-1953
Member, US House of Representatives (R-CA), 1947-1951
Lieutenant commander, US Navy, 1942-1946
Recipient, American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, US Navy