Dr. Jon Gettman

Board of Directors

Education, Criminal Justice & Activist.

About

Jon Gettman is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Shenandoah University.  He is best known in the medical cannabis community for his work on two unsuccessful efforts to have cannabis rescheduled under the federal Controlled Substances Act.  Dr. Gettman has also played a lead role in documenting and publicizing racial disparities in marijuana arrests.  Currently a member of Patients Out of Time’s Board of Directors, he also previously served as NORML’s National Director where he developed the foundation for the organization’s activist network.

Educational Professional

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Shenandoah University.

Criminal Justice

Lead role in documenting and publicizing racial disparities in marijuana arrests. 

Accomplished Activist

Previously served as NORML’s National Director where he developed the foundation for the organization’s activist network.

Science and the End of Marijuana Prohibition 

In 1999, Gettman presented a speech, Science and the End of Marijuana Prohibition, at the 12th International Conference on Drug Policy Reform. He noted that under the Controlled Substances Act, the key decision-makers on marijuana are the scientists at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, whose scientific and medical findings are binding on the Drug Enforcement Administration. Pointing out that Schedules I and II are, by law, reserved for drugs like heroin and cocaine with a “high potential for abuse,” Gettman proposed that drug policy reformers use the petitioning process to “cross-examine under oath and penalty of perjury every HHS official and scientist who claims that marijuana use is as dangerous as the use of cocaine or heroin.”

Jon Gettman
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IN MEMORIAM

George McMahon, Founding Director
Larry Hirsch, JD (Advisor)
Joanna McKee (Advisor)
Robert Randall (Advisor)
Tom Saint, (Advisor)
Barbara Douglass (Board member)
Mae Nutt (Board member)

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Dr. Dustin Sulak  |  Michael Aldrich, PhD., Educator  |  Elvy Musikka, IND Patient  |  Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD, PhD  |  David Bearman, MD  |  Richard Bonnie, JD  |  Sandee Burbank  |  Ervin Dargan  |  Patrick Fourmy  |  Greta Gaines  |  Mara Gordon  |  Michael Krawitz  |  Bryan Krumm, RN  |  Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN  |  Jim Miller  |  Mark Miller  |  Carl Olsen  |  Mark Pedersen  |  Angel Raich  |  Alice O’Leary Randall, LPN  |  John Rowlingson, MD  |  Ethan Russo, MD  |  Gary Storck  |  Mark Ware, MD, MSc, MRCP  |  Lennice Werth |  Don Wirtshafter, Esq.  |  Ken Wolski, RN, MPA  |  Kevin Zeese, Esq.