Kevin B. Zeese is President of
Common Sense for Drug Policy.
He is one of the nation's foremost
authorities on drug policy issues. Mr. Zeese has worked on a
wide array of drug related issues
since he graduated from George Washington University
Law School in 1980.
Kevin Zeese has written for newspapers and journals on a
range of drug issues, including an
in the Wall Street Journal on the Colombian drug war. He
has also appeared on every major television network as a
commentator. He served as a consultant to Walter Cronkite for
the Discovery Channel special: The Drug
Dilemma: War or Peace? He has spoken
at nationally recognized legal seminars and testified
before Congress on drug related issues.
A Feb. 2005 interview with Mr. Zeese on
the syndicated radio program Cultural Baggage is available.
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In April 2002,
Mr. Zeese debated DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson
at a conference hosted by Rice University's
James Baker Institute. Segments of the forum,
"Moving Beyond the 'War on Drugs',"
Zeese-Hutchinson debate, are available as streaming video.
Also, see a streaming video of
Mr. Zeese at a
Cato Institute forum on
medical marijuana by
clicking here. A listing of articles in which
Mr. Zeese appears
is available by
He is the author of Drug Testing Legal
Drug Testing Legal Manual and Practice
Aids and co-author of
Drug Law: Strategies and
Tactics, all published by
Clark Boardman Callaghan. Mr. Zeese served as
editor of Drug Law Report for
Clark Boardman Callaghan from 1983 to 1998. In addition,
he is the author of Drug Prohibition and
the Conscience of Nations. Mr. Zeese is the editor
of Friedman and Szasz On Liberty and
Drugs and has edited numerous books on
drug policy and manuals on criminal defense.
Kevin Zeese has litigated a variety of drug policy-related
issues. Among these are the
use of marijuana, the use of the military and national
guard in domestic drug enforcement, the spraying of herbicides
in the United States and abroad on marijuana, drug testing of
government workers and the right to privacy as it relates to
marijuana in the home. He has been a legal advisor to needle
exchange workers prosecuted for their anti-AIDS efforts,
buyer's clubs who distribute marijuana to the seriously
ill and medical marijuana patients prosecuted for the medical
use of marijuana.
Mr. Zeese facilitates the
Alliance of Reform
Organizations, a network of all the major reform
organizations in the United States. He serves on the
Executive Committee of the
Coalition. He also serves on the Board of
Directors of the Drug
Policy Forum of Texasand is a Board member
emeritus of the
Mr. Zeese is a co-founder of the
Foundation (now renamed the Drug Policy
Alliance), where he served as Vice
President and Counsel, and is a former Executive Director
and Chief Counsel of the
National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Zeese served on
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's
Mayor's Working Group on Drug Policy Reform and
serves on San Francisco District Attorney Terence
Hallinan's Harm Reduction Council. Both are
efforts to implement a model urban drug policy. More recently,
Zeese has been involved with advocacy related to: the
fatal shooting of
Hernandez,the legal rights of patients, doctors and
their caregivers in California and the UN special session
Kevin Zeese was the recipient
of the Richard J. Dennis DrugPeace Award for Lifetime
Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform from
the Drug Policy Foundation at their 13th Annual International
Conference on Drug Policy Reform.