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About the U.S. Government-Funded Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study

    This long-awaited study was commissioned by the White House and Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey. In short, the report verifies that marijuana does have medical benefit, and argues that it should be made available to patients who could benefit from its use now. This link will take you to their website, where you can read a full copy of the report.

    Download PDF of the Executive Summary of the Report


About This Site...

    Political opponents of allowing the use of marijuana as a medicine routinely say that there is no scientific basis for claims that the drug is useful. For instance, U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey has said, "There is not a shred of scientific evidence that smoked marijuana is useful or needed." Read more...

MAJOR REPORTS/FINDINGS

    Large, historic reports on marijuana as medicine - governmental and quasi-governmental; readable/accessible by section. Some documents are available for download.

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

Clinical studies of medical marijuana: results, full studies, legislative history, news on current trials, etc.

HISTORY & OVERVIEWS

'Big picture' discussions by advocates from medical, legal, political perspectives; plus Consumer Reports and The New England Journal of Medicine

OPINION

Major, diverse groups' recent policy recommendations; public opinion and voter initiative info; medical journal opinion columns