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January 26, 2020

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Medical Marijuana
Last Featured: 10/17/2005

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When Californians passed a statewide referendum allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they defied a federal ban, challenged the nation’s war on drugs and embarked on a legal battle that has landed in the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. government has argued that the federal Controlled Substances Act forbids any manufacture, possession or sale of drugs that make the list of taboo products. But those involved with cancer and AIDS treatment and several states rights advocates say that individual states have the responsibility -- and a constitutional right -- to make decisions impacting the health and safety of their own citizens. Hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Robert M. Stutman is a leading advocate for drug prevention and education. A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Stutman was in charge of the DEA's New York office, where he launched more than 5,000 investigations. New York Magazine called him "the foremost narc in America." Formerly the Chairman and CEO of Substance Abuse Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of drug and alcohol testing systems, he was appointed by Congress in 1998 to a nine-member panel studying national drug control policy. In 1990, he established his own substance-abuse prevention programs for business and industry.

Rob Kampia is co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a non-profit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Kampia drafted the medical marijuana bill signed into law by Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano in June 2000 which removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed statement from their physician. Kampia has testified on medical marijuana before several state legislatures and Congressional subcommittees.

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"Marijuana is self punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be."

— P.J. O’Rourke

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