Marijuana, Science, and Public Policy

In the March, 2007 Issue of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform

Read about political strategies for the end of prohibition in the latest issue of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform. Topics include Cannabis Policy Reform in the United States, Lesson Learned from Proposition 2 in Alaska, and Medical Cannabis and the Public Policy Process. Also,this issue contains reports on three interesting legal cases involving cannabis reform. Read about the legal argument in favor of the sacramental use of cannabis, success in persuading an administrative law judge to endorse efforts to secure a legal source for cannabis for medical research, and attempts to get the federal government to recognize the accepted medical use of cannabis based on the Data Quality Act. A landmark 1986 column by Arnold Trebach provides an important historical perspective on the fight for medical cannabis, and additional history about hemp cultivation in the United States following World War II is the subject of the final article in the third issue of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform.

Medical Marijuana

The Cannabis Rescheduling Petition provides the detailed scientific and legal argument why US law requires the federal government to provide regulated access to marijuana for medical purposes. The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform provides a critical focus on both US marijuana laws and the efforts to reform them. Both the Rescheduling Petition and the Bulletin are part of the DrugScience.org effort to increase informed participation in the public policy process by advocates of marijuana law reform.

Marijuana Production in the United States (2006)
A Special Report in December 2006 issue of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform

The most recent and compelling report on US marijuana production reveals that not only is cannabis now the largest cash crop in the United States, but also that according to US Government data domestic marijuana cultivation has grown ten-fold over the last 25 years. This new report on marijuana production was recently published in the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform and distributed to the national media by the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2006 domestic marijuana cultivation was worth $35.8 billion, more than corn and wheat combined. Over 56 million marijuana plants were cultivated outdoors with a value of $31.7 billion and 11.7 million plants were cultivated indoors at a value of $4.1 billion.

In the First Issue of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform

The premier issue of the Bulletin features a poignant tribute to Bob Randall, the first patient to receive legal cannabis from the United States in modern times, by Alice O’Leary, co-founder of the groundbreaking Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics (ACT). This inspiring story should be of interest to every medical cannabis patient in the United States. BCR is also proud to publish an excerpt from the new book by Arnold Trebach, founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, Fatal Distraction, the War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terrorism. Additional features include a detailed analysis of the Roll Call vote in the House of Representatives on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical cannabis amendment, including detailed maps of voting by Congressional Districts. This issue also includes the BCR Guide to State Legislative and Congressional Districts and Maps, a comprehensive source on local districting information for voters, students, and political organizers.

Elsewhere on the Web

Recent Research on Medical Marijuana: Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis & Cannabinoids
A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature, 2000 — 2006. This new report by NORML's Paul Armentano is an excellent update of scientific research on marijuana's medical value.

The Cannabis Rescheduling Petition

This petition seeks to provide medical access to cannabis under current US law. The 2002 Cannabis Rescheduling Petition contains a detailed summary of the scientific and medical findings in the late 1990s that support the medical use of cannabis(marijuana) in the United States. The 2002 petition was written by Jon Gettman, Franjo Grotenherman, and Gero Leson and filed with the Drug Enforcement Administration on October 9, 2002 by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis.

The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis

The Coalition was formed for the purpose of filing the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition and representing the interests of medical cannabis patients in related federal administrative and judicial proceedings. The sponsor of the rescheduling petition. The member organizations of the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis are also excellent sources for more information about the medical marijuana issue

The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform

The premier issue of the Bulletin features a poignant tribute to Bob Randall, the first patient to receive legal cannabis from the United States in modern times, by Alice O’Leary, co-founder of the groundbreaking Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics (ACT). This inspiring story should be of interest to every medical cannabis patient in the United States. BCR is also proud to publish an excerpt from the new book by Arnold Trebach, founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, Fatal Distraction, the War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terrorism. Additional features include a detailed analysis of the Roll Call vote in the House of Representatives on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical cannabis amendment, including detailed maps of voting by Congressional Districts. This issue also includes the BCR Guide to State Legislative and Congressional Districts and Maps, a comprehensive source on local districting information for voters, students, and political organizers.

Reference Materials for the Medical Cannabis Issue

Our library contains supporting documents for both the 2002 Cannabis Rescheduling Petition and earlier rescheduling efforts. These documents summarize a great deal of scientific material about
cannabis from the 1980s and 1990s.

 
 
 
  
 
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