Below is a series of reference materials, studies, videos and reports concerning marijuana and health issues. Please feel free to download and pass this material on to those who need it for their own medical information or those that need to be convinced that Ohio needs a medical marijuana law.
* The following materials have been reviewed by medical professionals for accuracy.
* The following materials are in the queue for review by medical professionals for accuracy.
The group Patients Out of Time organizes a bi-annual conference. In 2004 they had Dr. Geoffrey Guy report on "From Plant to Prescription Medicine." Here is a link to a video of Dr. Guy with an introduction by Don Wirtshafter at their 2004 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference.
At the Patient out of Time 2002 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, Ethan Russo, MD, presents the results of comprehensive physical examinations of three patients receiving US Government supplied medical marijuana. The Missoula Study video report by Dr. Ethan Russo on the long term effects of marijuana including the US Federal medical marijuana patients that receive a monthly supply of 300 cannabis joints from the U.S. Government.
The Americans for Safe Access has compiled an important report on The Obstruction of Medical Cannabis Research in the U.S.
Please share this critical report when engaging with our federal and state representatives.
* Classic Reference Materials
One of the classic reference books is Licit and Illicit Drugs by Consumers Union Report in 1972. The primary author was Edward M. Brecher. Below are links to Part 8. This important reference book is preserved on the internet by the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy.
Chapter 54 - Marijuana in the New World
Chapter 55 - Marijuana and Alcohol Prohibition
Chapter 56 - Marijuana is outlawed
Chapter 57 - America discovers marijuana
Chapter 58 - Can marijuana replace alcohol?
Chapter 60 - The Le Dain Commission Report
Chapter 53 - Marijuana in the Old World
Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs - Conclusions and Recommendations on marijuana recommendations is very interesting.
(1) Consumers Union recommends the immediate repeal of all federal laws governing the growing, processing, transportation, sale, possession, and use of marijuana.
(2) Consumers Union recommends that each of the fifty states similarly repeal its existing marijuana laws and pass new laws legalizing the cultivation, processing, and orderly marketing of marijuana–– subject to appropriate regulations.
(3) Consumers Union therefore recommends that a national marijuana commission be established to help provide the states with needed research information, to monitor the various plans evolved by the states, and to build, eventually, the best features of those plans into federal marijuana legislation.
(4) Consumers Union recommends that state and federal taxes on marijuana be kept moderate, and that tax proceeds be devoted primarily to drug research, drug education, and other measures specifically designed to minimize the damage done by alcohol, nicotine, marijuana. heroin, and other drugs.
(5) Consumers Union recommends an immediate end to imprisonment as a punishment for marijuana possession and for furnishing marijuana to friends.
(6) Consumers Union recommends, pending legalization of marijuana, that marijuana possession and sharing be immediately made civil violations rather than criminal acts.
(7) Consumers Union recommends that those now serving prison terms for possession of or sharing marijuana be set free, and that such marijuana offenses be expunged from all legal records.
Ohio laws were directly influenced by the recommendations concerning marijuana but did not go far enough. You can find the full text of Part X at the following links.
Chapter 68 - Learning from past mistakes: six caveats
Chapter 69 - Policy Issues and Recommendations
Chapter 70 - A Last Word
* Web Reference Materials
THE ANTIQUE CANNABIS BOOK - about Pre-1937 Medical Cannabis Products
* Unverified References
The following links have not been reviewed by professional but may or may not contain verifiable information.