House Judiciary Committee holds hearings on medical marijuana 10/3/97

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On October 1, proponents and opponents of medical marijuana testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime. Reportedly, attendance by the Subcommittee members was poor, and the event did not receive extensive media coverage.

According to the NORML Foundation, medical marijuana proponents testifying at the hearing included Dennis Peron, Director of the San Francisco Cultivators' Club, Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School, and Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D., Director of the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies. Subcommittee members Bob Barr (R- GA) and Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) opposed government sponsored research on medical marijuana.

Dr. Grinspoon's testimony can be found on the NORML web site at http://www.norml.org/medical/grin1097.hr1782.shtml. Roger Pilon's testimony can be found at http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-rp100197.html on the Cato Institute's web site.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: The revised, expanded edition of Marihuana, The Forbidden Medicine, by Lester Grinspoon and James Bakaler, is now available. Visit your local bookstore and ask them to stock and display it.

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