Former Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal -- because it's not… We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine -- that is a joke...
There are pieces of marijuana -- extracts or constituents or component parts -- that have great promise. But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana -- which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana -- it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine."
Paula Reid and Stephanie Condon, "DEA Chief Says Smoking Marijuana as Medicine 'Is a Joke,'" cbsnews.com, Nov. 4, 2015
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 counsel, Crowell & Moring
Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 2015-2017
Chief of Staff and counselor, FBI Director James Comey, 2013-2015
Lawyer, private sector, 2007-2013
Chief of Staff, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, 2007
Interim US Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, 2005-2007
Chief of Staff, FBI Deputy Attorney General James Comey, 2004-2005
Counsel, FBI Director, 2002-2004
Former legal analyst, NBC News
Lawyer, Hunton and Williams law firm, 2000-2002
Assistant US Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, 1994-2000
JD, University of Virginia, 1990
MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University