US considers medical role for marijuana

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:817
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The US Supreme Court has opened hearings on whether the distribution of marijuana for medicinal purposes should become legal under federal law. The case has been prompted by legalisation in California in 1996 allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in California.

    In California, cannabis clubs (marijuana pharmacies) have sprung up to provide marijuana to those with a doctor's prescription for it. After California's initiative, eight other states— Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Colorado, and Washington—passed similar laws. An additional 30 states have similar …

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