It Is Time For The Federal
Government To Provide
Access To Medical Marijuana
The Facts Are In
In March 1999, the
National Academy of Sciences'
Institute of Medicine concluded "there are some limited
circumstances in which we recommend smoking marijuana for medical
purposes." The report noted, "Nausea, appetite loss, pain
and anxiety . . . all can be mitigated by marijuana."
Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A. Benson, Jr.,
"Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base,"
Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, Institute of Medicine,
(Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999).
"Federal authorities should rescind their prohibition of the
medicinal use of marijuana for seriously ill patients and allow
physicians to decide which patients to treat." Editorial,
New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997.
Among the organizations that have endorsed medical access to
marijuana are: American Academy of Family Physicians:
American Bar Association: American Public Health Association:
American Society of Addiction Medicine: AIDS Action Council:
British Medical Association: California Academy of Family
Physicians: California Medical Association: California-
Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church:
Consumer Reports Magazine: Institute of Medicine:
Kaiser Permanente: Lymphoma Foundation of America:
Multiple Sclerosis California Action Network: National
Association of Attorneys General: National Association of
People with AIDS: National Nurses Society on Addictions:
New Mexico Nurses Association.
The Public Has Spoken:
The Federal Government Should Stop Treating Seriously Ill
Americans As Criminals.
Between 1996 and 2000, seven states passed voter initiatives legalizing
the medicinal use of cannabis (AZ, CA, ME, OR, WA, NV and AK).
These states encompass 20 percent of the US population.
Every time US citizens have voted on medical marijuana they have voted
for medical marijuana: support has ranged from 54 to 65 percent.
A nationwide Gallup poll taken on March 19-21, 1999, found that
73% of American adults are for "making marijuana legally
available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain
For more information, visit
Facts: Medical Marijuana
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Kevin B. Zeese, President
3220 N Street NW #141, Washington, DC 20007
703-354-9050 -- 703-354-5695 (fax)