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This site provides scientific and other material regarding the medical use of cannabis (marijuana) and its legal status under the laws of the United States.

The purpose of DrugScience.org is to provide an on-line home for the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition and related materials, such as the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform. In a broad sense the purpose of both the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition and the Bulletin is to increase informed participation in the public policy process by advocates of marijuana law reform.

DrugScience.org is also the primary source of information about the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition. In addition to notices about new articles on-line, subscribers to the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform newsletter will receive updates about the petition, the federal response, and efforts to provide regulated access to cannabis for medical use. Medical cannabis patients are encouraged to subscribe to the Bulletin in order to expedite participation in future administrative and legal proceedings -- requests for patient participation will be publilshed in the Bulletin and sent via email to Bulletin subscribers.

DrugScience.org is provided as a public service by Jon Gettman with the help of various private supporters.

About Jon Gettman

Jon Gettman served as the President and National Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) from 1986 to 1989. Gettman returned to NORML in 1993 as Director of

After extensive research and at the invitation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Gettman filed an extensive petition to reschedule marijuana in 1995. After a lengthy review by both DEA and HHS and a decision to retain mariuana in its most restrictive schedule under existing law, Gettman took the case to the US Court of Appeals. The Court declined to accept the case for judicial review in 2001 because, not being a medical cannabis patient, Gettman was not injured by DEA's refusal to provide regulated access. Gettman began work on a new petition incorporating research published after the
prior petition was filed in 1995. In 2002 Gettman organized the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis to represent patient interests in any future legal proceedings. After getting assistance from Coalition
members and other interested experts the current Cannabis Rescheduling Petition was completed and filed in October, 2002.

Jon Gettman received his PhD in public policy in 2000 from George Mason University, where his doctoral studies focused on regional economic development. Gettman earned his MS in justice from American University and his BA in anthropology from Catholic University.

Gettman has published reports on both domestic cultivation and marijuana arrests for NORML and writes The Cannabis Column for High Times online.

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