"Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base" (1999) -- The Institute of Medicine (IOM) published this report in response to the the White House's request for a review of scientific information about marijuana's medical uses. This report is informative and straightforward, and states the clear conclusion that scientific evidence indicates the therapeutic effects of "cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation." Read the report here!
This report from the American Medical Association provides an authoritative survey of medical marijuana research and policy. The report summarizes the present information about marijuana's therapeutic effects and calls for further research on the subject. The report also emphasizes that doctors and patients should be allowed to communicate freely, without governmental restrictions.
The National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (also known as the Shafer Commission) was ordered by President Richard M. Nixon to study the effects of marijuana on society. The commission's report, titled "Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding," was published in March 1972 and concludes that marijuana prohibition is "Philosophically Inappropriate", "Constitutionally Suspect", and "Functionally Inappropriate." The commission decided that while marijuana use should be discouraged, prohibition is not a good solution. This report is essential reading for anyone who wants to be well informed on the issue of marijuana legalization. This online version of the report is hosted by the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy.
The La Guardia Committee Report, published in 1944, was commissioned by New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia to investigate the effects of marijuana. The full report is available online from the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy. The La Guardia Committee essentially found that the popular claims about the negative effects of marijuana were wildly exaggerated.
Alcohol Prohibition Was A Failure: Auburn Economics professor Mark Thornton uses statistics and analysis to demonstrate how alcohol prohibition failed. The same arguments apply to marijuana prohibition today.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy has two separate websites for dispensing anti-marijuana propaganda. The Anti-Drug is aimed at helping parents address the issue with their kids, and FreeVibe is supposed to be the 'hip' way for teens to learn about drugs.
Ethan Nadelmann's article, An End To Marijuana Prohibition provides strong documentation to support arguments for the legalization of marijuana. The article originally appeared in the July 12, 2004 National Review.
"40 Percent of Americans Say Treat Pot Like Booze" (June 2003)
A Zogby International poll in June 2003 found that 41 percent of those responding agreed that "the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: it should regulate marijuana, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children."