Last updated on: 1/18/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Finn Selander Biography

Title:
Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Each of us put in 20 or more years in the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement entities. And both of us realize that marijuana prohibition is a failed drug policy that should end.

Prohibition doesn’t keep marijuana off our streets or decrease use. And it certainly doesn’t keep marijuana out of the hands of teens. But prohibition does result in billions of dollars in profits flowing to drug cartels. This drug money fuels lavish lifestyles among drug lords and deadly violence among rival cartels aiming to protect smuggling territory and street corners.

We have seen the consequences of America’s marijuana prohibition policies. It is long past time to allow adults to legally buy marijuana. Taxation and strict regulation should be the mantra when it comes to marijuana. Now that we are retired from the DEA, we can speak out and say that marijuana should be taxed and regulated to keep profits from ruining our streets and causing mayhem south of the border.”

“Arguments Filed in Support of the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act,” available at apps.azos.gov, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. 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 drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former war-time contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
  • Former DEA Public Affairs Office, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Former DEA Demand Reduction Coordinator
  • Former DEA Marijuana Coordinator, Florida and New Mexico
  • Former Police Officer, Pensacola, FL
  • Former Ocean Systems Technician, US Navy
  • Former Diving Officer, US Navy
Education:
  • Studied International Studies at University of West Florida
Contact Info:
Phone
None found
Email
finnselander@hotmail.com
Website
LEAP profile
Other:
  • Son of a Holocaust survivor
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?