Last week, our article, "Teens Say Drug War a Failure" (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/094.html#teensurvey) discussed the findings of the Uhlich Report Card survey, in which teens rated adults' anti-drug efforts with the lowly grade of D+. The Uhlich Report Card echoes the findings of a major California study four years ago, led by Joel Brown, then of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the largest survey ever conducted of kids' opinions about drug education.
Brown and colleagues have formed a new think tank, the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD), where they continue to perform objective research on drug education and other important issues affecting young people. Read the full text of the California study and other research in CERD's extensive online library at http://www.cerd.org. We will be presenting further discussion of Brown's and CERD's work in an upcoming issue of the Week Online.
Drug Control Strategy
Common Sense for Drug Policy has prepared a four-page version of its Effective National Drug Control Strategy (ENDCS), available online in printable Adobe Acrobat format. Check it out at http://www.csdp.org/ads/pullout.pdf. Read the strategy in whole at http://www.csdp.org/edcs/.
IOM Medical Marijuana Report Available in Full
The 288 page 1999 Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences report, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base" by Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A. Benson, Jr., Editors; is can be viewed and purchased online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/6376.html.
"Emperor of Hemp" Film Released
A documentary about the life and work of Jack Herer made its debut this week. "The Emperor of Hemp" traces the history of Herer's transformation from Goldwater Republican through his writing of "The Emperor Wears No Clothes," probably the all-time bestselling book about marijuana.
The 59-minute documentary produced by Double J Films was funded by Body Shop International founder Anita Roddick. The script was written by former LA Times staff writer Jeff Meyers and directed by Jeff Jones. Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristerofferson, Joe Walsh and Cheap Trick provided songs for the Soundtrack.
The film can be reviewed or purchased online at http://www.emperorofhemp.com.