This site provides scientific and other
material regarding the medical use of cannabis (marijuana)
and its legal status under the laws of the United States.
The purpose of DrugScience.org is to provide
an on-line home for the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition
and related materials, such as the Bulletin of Cannabis
Reform. In a broad sense the purpose of both the Cannabis
Rescheduling Petition and the Bulletin is to increase
informed participation in the public policy process
by advocates of marijuana law reform.
DrugScience.org is also the primary source
of information about the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition.
In addition to notices about new articles on-line, subscribers
to the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform newsletter will receive
updates about the petition, the federal response, and
efforts to provide regulated access to cannabis for
medical use. Medical cannabis patients are encouraged
to subscribe to the Bulletin in order to expedite participation
in future administrative and legal proceedings -- requests
for patient participation will be publilshed in the
Bulletin and sent via email to Bulletin subscribers.
DrugScience.org is provided as a public
service by Jon Gettman with the help of various private
About Jon Gettman
Jon Gettman served as the President and
National Director of the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) from 1986 to 1989.
Gettman returned to NORML in 1993 as Director of
After extensive research and at the invitation
of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Gettman
filed an extensive petition to reschedule marijuana
in 1995. After a lengthy review by both DEA and HHS
and a decision to retain mariuana in its most restrictive
schedule under existing law, Gettman took the case to
the US Court of Appeals. The Court declined to accept
the case for judicial review in 2001 because, not being
a medical cannabis patient, Gettman was not injured
by DEA's refusal to provide regulated access. Gettman
began work on a new petition incorporating research
published after the
prior petition was filed in 1995. In 2002 Gettman organized
the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis to represent
patient interests in any future legal proceedings. After
getting assistance from Coalition
members and other interested experts the current Cannabis
Rescheduling Petition was completed and filed in October,
Jon Gettman received his PhD in public
policy in 2000 from George Mason University, where his
doctoral studies focused on regional economic development.
Gettman earned his MS in justice from American University
and his BA in anthropology from Catholic University.
Gettman has published reports on both
domestic cultivation and marijuana arrests for NORML
and writes The Cannabis Column for High Times online.