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Feinstein's misguided opposition to marijuana legalization. L.A. Times
V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana
British Medical Journal Comparing Cannabis with Tobacco
Embalming Fluid-Soaked Marijuana: New High or New Guise for PCP? J Psychoactive Drugs. 1998 Apr-Jun;30(2):215-9
USA TODAY articles on hemp: article 1 | article 2
Cannabis: A Commonwealth Medicinal Plant, Long Suppressed, Now at Risk of Monopolization. Denver University Law Review, Sunil Aggarwal, M.D., Ph.D.
Len Richmond's "What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?"
ACLU Drug Law Reform Project
"The ACLU is our nations guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. [ . . . ] The ACLU Drug Law Reform Projects goal is to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights, as well as unprecedented levels of incarceration" (from the ACLU website).
Addiction Proof Your Child: A Realistic Approach to Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Other Dependencies
Stanton Peele (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007)
Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs
The Council is an independent expert body that advises government on drug related issues in the UK. It was established under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs, including classification and scheduling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its regulations. It considers any substance which appears to be misused and which is having or appears to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to cause a social problem. It also carries out in-depth inquiries into aspects of drug use that are causing particular concern in the UK, with the aim of producing considered reports that will be helpful to policy makers and practitioners.
Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics (ACT)
The Alliance was the first nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming the laws that prohibit medical access to marijuana. It was founded in 1981 by Robert Randall and Alice OLeary.
Americans for Safe Access
Americans for Safe Access is a community-based organization dedicated to the implementation of fair and consistent guidelines in all California counties as a safe harbor from arrest under HS Code 11362.5, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Delineated at the URL above is each citys and countys unique medical marijuana laws in California, particularly as they relate to quantities allowed.
Beyond Zero Tolerance: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Education and School Discipline Rodney Skager, Ph.D.
This booklet offers a comprehensive, cost-effective approach to high school drug education and school discipline focused on helping teenagers by bolstering the student community and educational environment. This unique approach combines honest, reality-based drug education with interactive learning, compassionate assistance, and restorative practices in lieu of exclusionary punishment.
British Columbia Compassion Club Society
The BC Compassion Club is a collectively-run nonprofit natural health center providing safe, high-quality medicinal cannabis and the services of a full wellness center. Since 1997, they have served more than five thousand members with serious or terminal illnesses.
Canadian Addiction Survey 2004, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"The Canadian Addiction Survey (CAS) is one of the most detailed and extensive surveys ever conducted on how Canadians aged 15 years and older use alcohol, cannabis and other drugs, and the impact that use has on their physical, mental and social well-being. This information, when compared with past studies, indicates trends in drug use and harms associated with use" (from the website). The CAS was sponsored by CCSA; Health Canada; the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions (CECA); the Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CAR-BC); and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia.
Canadian AIDS Society
Registered as a charity since 1988, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is a national coalition of more than 120 community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. They are dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society and to enriching the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS.
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol-related and other drug-related harms.
Canadians for Safe Access
Canadians for Safe Access (CSA) is a grassroots organization committed to protecting the right of Canadians to safe access to medicinal cannabis.
Cannabis Science works with world authorities on phytocannabinoid science targeting critical illnesses and adhering to scientific methodologies to develop, produce, and commercialize phytocannabinoid-based pharmaceutical products.
Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress (CAP) is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action, addressing 21st- century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. It develops new policy ideas, critiques the policy that stems from conservative values, challenges the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shapes the national debate. Founded in 2003 to provide long-term leadership and support to the progressive movement, CAP is headed by John D. Podesta and based in Washington, D.C.
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming drug policy and expanding harm reduction. CSDP disseminates factual information and comments on existing laws, policies, and practices; provides advice and assistance to individuals and organizations; and facilitates coalition building.
The Community Consortium is an association of Bay Area HIV Health Care Providers, one of the pioneer community-based clinical trials groups, established in 1985. Donald Abrams, M.D., is chairman and principal investigator.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug- and violence-free lives.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR (Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 1994)
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. The DSM-V will be published in 2012.
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.
"[T]he global leader in prescription cannabinoid medicines," makers of Sativex, sublingual cannabis extract.
Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids by Maia Szalavitz (New York: Riverhead, 2006)
Institute of Medicine
"In January 1997, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked the Institute of Medicine to conduct a review of the scientific evidence to asses the potential health benefits and risks of marijuana and its constituent cannabinoids. That review began in August 1997 and culminated in the report "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base."
International Association for Cannabis as Medicine
Founded in March 2000, the aim of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine (IACM) is to advance knowledge on cannabis, cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system, and related topics, especially with regard to their therapeutic potential.
Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics
The Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics was published by Haworth Press, Binghamton, New York, and edited by Ethan Russo, M.D., but it ceased publication in 2004.
La Guardia Commission, 1944
This was the first in-depth study into the effects of smoking marijuana, prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine on behalf of a commission appointed in 1939 by New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia, who was a strong opponent of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Law Enforcement Againt Prohibition (LEAP) is a Medford, Massachusetts-based group of police officers, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens, and others who want to legalize and regulate all drugs.
"Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts" by John Morgan and Lynn Zimmer (New York: Lindesmith Center, 1997)
"Marijuana: What's a Parent to Believe?" by Timmen L. Cermak (Center City, MN: Hazeldon Publishing, 2003)
This is the website for Patients Out of Time: "A compassionate, science-based eucational forum for the restoration of medical cannabis knowledge."
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) mission is 1) to treat conditions for which conventional medicines provide limited relief such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, drug dependence, anxiety, and depression associated with end-of-life issuesby developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines; 2) to cure many thousands of people by building a network of clinics where treatments can be provided; and 3) to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana.
Ethan Nadelmanns NAACP Speech, July 13, 2009
National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research and dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare.
National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, 1972
Created by Public Law 91-513 to study marijuana abuse in the United States. On March 22, 1972, the Commissions chairman, Raymond P. Shafer, presented a report to Congress and the public entitled "Marijuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding," which favored ending marijuana prohibition and adopting other methods to discourage use.
National Drug Intelligence Center
The mission of the national Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) is to provide strategic drug-related intelligence, document and computer exploitation support, and training assistance to the drug control, public health, law enforcement, and intelligence communities of the United States in order to reduce the adverse effects of drug trafficking, drug abuse, and other drug-related criminal activity.
National Institute on Drug Addiction
The misson of the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
In January 1996, at the age of six, Nick Snow was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and deadly childhood cancer. He underwent eighty-four months of treatment and finally reached remission in December 2002. Sadly, after more than three years of being cancer-free, he died April 2, 2006, from an infection.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
The mission of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Foundation is to educate the public about the costs of marijuana prohibition and the benefits of alternative policies, to undertake research into various aspects of marijuana and marijuana policy implication, and to provide legal support and assistance to victims of the current laws.
"On Drugs" by David Lenson (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999)
Patients Out of Time
A patient advocacy organization dedicated to educating public health professionals and the public about medical marijuana. Incorporated in 1995, the group is led by medical and nursing professionals and the four remaining participants in the federal governments Investigational New Drug program for cannabis.
Prairie Plant Systems
Prairie Plant Systems Inc. (PPS) is a biotechnology company with Canadian and U.S. facilities dedicated to the principle of manufacturing pharmaceuticals derived from harvestable plants grown in biosecure GMP production facilities. (GMP refers to the Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations promulgated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.)
Society of Cannabis Clinicians
The Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC) is a project of the
alifornia Cannabis Research Medical Group (CCRMG). SCC was formed in autumn 2004 by the member physicians of CCRMG to aid in the promulgation of voluntary standards for clinicians engaged in the recommendation and approval of cannabis under California law (HSC §11362.5).
State of Our Nations Youthbr />The 10th State of Our Nations Youth report was issued in 2008 by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The report compiles the results of the national survey conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, a comprehensive study of American high school students opinions, apprehensions, and aspirations.
Safety First Project
Safety First, a project of the Drug Policy Alliance, provides resources for parents, educators, and students who are interested in reality-based approaches to drug education that stress the health, safety, and well-being of young people.
Tourette Syndrome Association
The only national voluntary nonprofit membership organization in this field. Its mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for, and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.
"Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence" by Mitch Earleywine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)
U.S. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society helps people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
The center conducts high-quality scientific studies intended to ascertain the general medical safety and efficacy of cannabis products and examine alternative forms of cannabis administration.
University of Mississippis Marijuana Potency Project
The project, run by Mahmoud ElSohly, tracks the average potency of seized cannabis according to its percentage of THC.
Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed, and fiber varieties of cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop.
Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM)
Founded by Valerie Corral, who used cannabis to manage her seizures, this is a patient collective. Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) has emerged as a unique model, a patient self-help alliance, and an alternative to the inflated prices of an illicit black market. A handful of seriously ill patients has grown into a collective membership of more than 250 seriously intentioned citizens.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDAs) mission is to protect consumers and to enhance public health by maximizing compliance of FDA-regulated products and minimizing risk associated with those products.