Cannabis History and Prohibition Reading Suggestions
Jack Herer’s history of the Prohibition of Hemp is an authoritative and spellbinding history of the story of how marijuana prohibtion began and evolved. The facts about hemp, and the insights on the political and influences of key players, as well as practical history of hemp and invaluable lesson in the opportunities and importance that this plant actually holds for our society.
“Dr. Tod Mikuriya (1933-2007) began the study of cannabis medicines while still in medical school and went on to head up the National Institute of Health’s non-classified marijuana research program. In 1972, Dr. Tod published Marijuana Medical Papers: 1869-1972, this seminal work helped launch the modern movement for medical marijuana.
When the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 was enacted into law as CA HSC §11362.5, Dr. Tod began practicing cannabis therapy full time. This bold move brought negative attention from the forces of prohibition ranging from the National Drug Czar all the way down to individual county sheriffs and at every level in between. Fortunately, Dr. Tod’s shoulders were broad enough to withstand this attention, and he had largely overcome the personal opposition by the time of his death in May 2007.” http://www.mikuriya.com/
In January 1997, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a review of the scientific evidence to assess the potential health benefits and risks of marijuana and its constituent cannabinoids (see the Statement of Task on page 9). That review began in August 1997 and culminates with this report.
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Media Awareness Project Media Acitivsm page: Many tools and tips for Letter to the Editor writing, including directories of newspapers and email address for submission.
A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs: In addition to the comments from the author, who is a veteran trial judge in Southern California, the views, observations and experiences of more than 40 judges and justices nationwide are cited in this documented indictment of the failure of our laws of Drug Prohibition. But the book also brings hope, because viable options to our present failed policy are set forth with specificity, and shown where they are being employed successfully in other countries.
Walter Cronkite & America’s Disasterous Drug War – The real costs of America’s Drug Policy -
Part II (Drug Policy Alliance)
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJQjfCgxGoQ
Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeHo2_0uFJI
Part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq7Rb5fWPb0
Part 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJofiyySnjg