2011 may go down as the year the federal government once again declared war on medical marijuana, but the medical marijuana movement remains rather undeterred. In fact, medical cannabis seems to be on an inexorable course toward wider adoption, as the science and technology around the plant grows up. Legalization Nation presents some examples from the 2011 Holiday Gift Season.
Medical Marijuana 101 by Dale Gieringer
Proponents of the the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine voter initiative are out in California this week collecting signatures to get on the 2012 ballot. According to field reports, petition-signers are saying “just legalize it already” and asking for talking points. Which brings up a good one: smart people can barely make sense of the laws around medical marijuana in California, much less the dizzying fast-moving industry. So, Dale Gieringer, head of the California chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, penned this 88-page guide to the drug’s safe and legal use. Published in the East Bay by Quick American this year, it’s sort of a CliffsNotes on therapeutic cannabis, debunking 75 years of government propaganda. The drug’s a natural medicine that’s been used for centuries, the book argues, and in 2009 the American Medical Association officially endorsed its value. This fall, the California Medical Association also called for outright legalization, in order to better study the plant. Buy Gieringer’s book to upgrade the gray matter of a loved one.