The most egregious outcome of marijuana prohibition is that many sick people cannot legally access the medicine that works best for them. For many seriously ill people, medical marijuana is the only medicine that relieves their pain and suffering, or treats symptoms of their medical condition, without debilitating side effects. Marijuana has been shown to alleviate symptoms of a huge variety of serious medical conditions including cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma, and is often an effective alternative to synthetic painkillers.
Although an overwhelming majority of Americans support medical marijuana, the federal government continues to impede state medical marijuana laws. Marijuana prohibition has also thwarted research within the United States to uncover the best and most effective uses for marijuana as a medicine, making efforts to reform medical marijuana laws particularly difficult.
The Drug Policy Alliance is committed to increasing the number of states with medical marijuana laws, supporting and improving existing state medical marijuana programs, protecting medical marijuana patients, and ending the federal ban on medical marijuana.
Bill's Sponsor Pulls Legislation in Lieu of a Memorial to Study Program's Effectiveness
Santa Fe - Today, freshman Representative Jim Smith confirmed he will be pulling his legislation to end New Mexico's Medical Marijuana Program. House Bill 593 was scheduled for debate in the House of Representative's Consumer and Public Affairs Committee this Saturday. Instead, he has introduced a memorial to study the effectiveness of the program.
Williams, a Medical Marijuana Patient, Uses Marijuana to Treat Multiple Sclerosis
Drug Policy Alliance to TSA: Look for Bombs, Not Marijuana
Medical marijuana activist and former talk show host Montel Williams was cited for possession of a marijuana pipe at the International Airport in Milwaukee yesterday. TSA employees found the pipe as he passed through a security checkpoint. He paid a $484 citation and was released.
Advocates Applaud Effort to Maintain Adequate Supply for Thousands of Seriously Ill Patients
New Jersey State Nurses Association
New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians
New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
New Jersey League for Nursing
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society --Southern New Jersey/Shore Region Chapter
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society--Northern New Jersey Chapter
Faith is Our Pathway
Desperate for Relief
Yearning to reduce both his own suffering and the burden MS has placed on his family, Charles Kwiatkowski decided to try medical marijuana.
This book provides reliable information about marijuana's effects on people. This book is for everyone interested in the drug itself, and for everyone concerned about people who use it. It is for parents and adolescents, for school counselors and police officers, for drug treatment specialists and drug policy reformers. It is for people who love marijuana and people who hate it.
Originally printed in 1974, The Marijuana Conviction is the first comprehensive history of marijuana use and prohibition in the U.S. Bonnie and Whitebread's historical overview examines the origins and history of marijuana prohibition as well as laws' unintended consequences.
Tell legislators to close the loophole that NY police exploit to make marijuana arrests.
Urge your state Rep. to introduce legislation to regulate marijuana for adults over 21.
Marijuana is a plant containing a psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in its leaves, buds and flowers. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, with forty-two percent of American adults reporting that they have used it.
Number of people prosecuted for marijuana law violations in 2009.