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Few Americans had heard of marijuana when it became federally prohibited in 1937.

Today, nearly 70 million Americans admit to having tried it.

"Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear that in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use."

Jimmy Carter to Congress, 8/2/77

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According to the federal Potency Monitoring Project, the average potency of marijuana has increased very little since the 1980s. Source: Quarterly Report #100, 104, University of Mississippi, National Center for Natural Products Research, NIDA Marijuana Project

Cannabis -- It is the most consumed drug in the world. All cannabis plants contain delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical component. THC potency varies from less than 1% to 20% and over. During 1999, a total of 4,255 tons of cannabis (3,366 tons of herbal cannabis, 887 tons of cannabis resin and 2 tons of cannabis oil) were seized against 3,442 tons in 1998 and 3,382 tons in 1997. Large cannabis seizures were made during the year in Mexico, the US, Western Europe and Southern Africa.

Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base by Office of National Drug Control Policy, Neuroscience and Behavioral Health Institute of Medicine. Approved by the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

The Marijuana Policy Project The Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the US. MPP works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana. MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison. MPP focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with an emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 The history of how the Marihuana Tax Act came to be the law of the land.

Marijuana Prohibition Facts

Siege At Rainbow Farm - In 2001 a Hippie Campground Famous for Peace, Love and Weed Erupted in Violence and Death. Was It Another Ruby Ridge or the Collapse of a Failed Utopia?

Why is Marijuana Illegal? A brief history of the criminalization of cannabis.

(Abstract) Cannabis use and cognitive decline in persons under 65 years of age. This study investigates possible adverse effects of cannabis use on cognitive decline after 12 years in persons under age 65 years. Concludes cognitive decline occurs across all age groups with significant proportions of all ages . Such decline is not associated with cannabis use. Lyketsos, Constantine G.; Garrett Elizabeth; Liang, Kung-Yee; Anthony James C. American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 149, No.9, 1999

A behind the scenes report on the marijuana industry and the controversial effort to eradicate it.

Prohibition Has Not Curtailed Marijuana Use by Adolescents

Poor Prescription: The Costs of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the US.

NORML: A Voice for Responsible Marijuana Smokers Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. 1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington DC, 20006-2832 Tel: (202) 483-5500 • Fax: (202) 483-0057 • Email: norml@norml.org

Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

"Pot Planet" by Brian Preston -- A marijuana connoisseur travels around the world seeking out the people who grow, smoke and worship weed -- and the people who try to stop them.

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Every comprehensive, objective government commission that has examined the marijuana phenomenon throughout the past 100 years has recommended that adults should not be criminalized for using marijuana.


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