The premeir issue of the Bulletin will debut in early August,
The purpose of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform is to report
on marijuana policy and the efforts to change it but
more to the point the purpose of the Bulletin is to circulate
and promote new thinking about cannabis reform.
The Bulletin will apply the same critical perspective to the
arguments of both supporters and opponents of reform, whether
the topic is the reform of laws governing medical cannabis,
the industrial use of hemp, and/or the use of marijuana by
individuals for individual reasons (popularly described as
recreational use). Marijuana’s legalization, for example,
will occur when arguments for and against the proposal are
held to the same standard and the arguments for legalization
are judged by the public to be stronger.
The Bulletin will publish articles on the significance of
new data and scientific research about cannabis and its use
to changing marijuana laws in the United States. The Bulletin
will also publish articles about the pursuit of cannabis reform
its history, strategy, lessons learned and the individual
contributions to the public interest it has inspired.
The scientific and research focus of the Bulletin is directly
influenced by the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition now under
review by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This HHS review is part of an ongoing administrative process
that could ease restrictions on legal access to cannabis for
medical patients and must address all relevant scientific
literature on the subject of marijuana use in the United States.
The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform seeks to compile a record
of the most recent scientific findings as preparation for
challenges to any attempt by HHS and other federal agencies
to deny legal, regulated access to medical patients throughout
the United States.
The wider focus on cannabis reform seeks to apply the critical
perspective of the rescheduling process to the reform movement
itself. The Bulletin will seek to address these central questions:
what has been learned from decades of reform activity and
how can contemporary reform efforts address the social, economic,
and political needs of both marijuana users and the general
The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform will be a public, independent
forum. An informed public benefits from diverse points of
view, and so will the cause of cannabis reform. The goal of
the Bulletin is to encourage creative and successful approaches
to marijuana’s legalization.