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Marijuana, Therapeutic Use
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

go to   Web Site Links        Online Databases (RHC Students only)        Books        Library Catalog        Media        Articles       

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Web Site Links     top

DRCNet - The Drug Reform Coordination Network

From their mission statement: “the Drug Reform Coordination Network's founding purpose is to stop the chaos and violence of the illegal drug trade, end the bondage of mass incarceration suffered by hundreds of thousands of nonviolent offenders, stem the spread of deadly epidemic disease, secure the right of patients to appropriate medical treatment, restore Constitutional protections and ensure just treatment under the law for all.” The site features the Cannabis Research Library, and includes full-text articles on the therapeutic potential of marijuana.

Institute of Medicine - Marijuana and Medicine : Assessing the Science Base / Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., John A. Benson, Jr., Editors

The complete report of a 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine reviews the scientific evidence for assessing the potential health benefits and risks of marijuana.  Click on the "Next" button to access each page of this report.

Marijuana : Facts for Teens

This Web site provides answers to commonly asked questions about marijuana from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), apart of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Medical Marijuana

Promoting education and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a simple, nonpartisan pro-con format, this site covers every aspect of this topic.  There is no bias presented, but rather both sides of the argument in areas ranging from the opinions of doctors to information about specific diseases and conditions and their relationship to the use of medical marijuana.

The Science of Medical Marijuana
The Science of Medical Marijuana Web site, which is sponsored by Americans for Medical Rights, contains reports, scientific studies, a history of the research into marijuana.  Americans for Medical Rights (AMR), sponsored the successful Proposition 215 campaign in California in November 1996 under the name Californians for Medical Rights.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
This White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) site includes statistics, annual reports, government programs, media anti-drug campaign materials, and comprehensive descriptions of illegal drugs, including marijuana and its negative impact on health, all with a strong anti drug bias.  

Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana
This report is from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and delves heavily into the science.  "As the therapeutic claims surrounding marijuana are wide-ranging, 10 separate NIH Institutes (with interest in the relevant areas) selected a group of eight experts with broad experience in clinical studies and therapeutics (and none of whom had a predetermined position on the medical utility of marijuana) to examine the data from the published scientific literature presented by speakers in the various therapeutic fields.” –Executive Summary.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)    top

Health & Wellness Resource Center
This database offers reference, pharmacology and general articles in magazines and journals on this topic.  The magazine and journal articles are in publications from around the world and provide a global perspective on the issue.

Health Reference Center Academic    
Up-to-date entries cover medical and legal issues on this topic in publications from around the world

Medline Plus    
This database is an interesting mix of information from mostly government sources, including the White House and the National Institutes of Health, as well as from reputable medical establishments such as the Mayo Clinic.

Books     top
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Drug legalization (Current controversies)
Call number: Ref HV5825.D77663 2005

Marijuana (Contemporary issues companion)
Call number: Ref
HV5825.M353 2008

Marijuana : opposing viewpoints
Call number: Ref HV5822.M3M266 2006

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Drug legalization--United States


Marijuana--Government policy

Marijuana--Law and legislation--United States

Marijuana--Therapeutic use--United States

Library Catalog    top
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo College Library.

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Media     top
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Animated neuroscience
Call number: Video 001178
"Using sophisticated 3-D animation, this program ... takes viewers on a journey deep into the brain to study the effects of the three substances"--container.

Busted : America's war on Marijuana
Call number: Video 000500
Explores the impact of current policy on stemming the tide of marijuana use and looks at how marijuana law enforcement is affecting American life.

Articles   top
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here:  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

(SUB(marijuana) and medical or medicinal)
(SUB(marijuana) and SUB(drug use) )
("cannabis clubs" )
(SUB(marijuana) and SUB(medical research) )
(SUB(marijuana) and GEO(California) )

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, Librarian 4/2000
last update: E. Ball, Librarian 11/2007


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