MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE
A Recent History (1976-1996) with Recommendations
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The medical marijuana movement did not begin in 1996, nor did it begin in California. In fact it began some twenty years before the passage of Proposition 215 in Washington, D.C.. The first laws recognizing marijuana's medicinal value were enacted in the unlikely states of: New Mexico, Florida, Louisiana, and Illinois.
This document provides an overview of the events which led up to the passage of Prop 215. It was originally prepared for the incoming Clinton Administration in 1993. Because of its length it has been divided into five separate documents plus a footnotes section. (See Contents below)
For a less academic overview of the medical marijuana issue checkout Marijuana Rx: The Patients' Fight for Medicinal Pot .
II. The Medical Prohibition Has No Public
III. Inheriting Bad Policy
IV. Synthetic Solutions
V. What Can be Done