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New Report: Prop. 215 10 Years Later

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Proposition 215 Ten Years Later
New Report Examines Impact of California's Landmark Medical Marijuana Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the Marijuana Policy Project released the first comprehensive examination of the impact of California's landmark medical marijuana law, "Proposition 215 Ten Years Later: Medical Marijuana Goes Mainstream." The report, which can be
downloaded at www.mpp.org/prop215 , includes:
**An analysis of predictions made by opponents of medical marijuana, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Clinton administration Drug Czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey, and how they have played out in California and the 10 other medical marijuana states. Among other things, McCaffrey predicted "increased drug abuse in every category." In fact, teen marijuana use dropped precipitously in California, and has declined across the board in states with medical marijuana laws.
**New polling from all 11 medical marijuana states showing
strong, growing public support for the laws.
**An examination of key legal decisions affecting state medical
marijuana laws.
**The real-world experiences of patients now protected by state medical marijuana laws, as well as of patients living in states where they still lack legal protection.
**A summary of key research developments since the initiative's passage, including remarkable new evidence of marijuana's benefit in treating hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, cancer, and neurological illnesses such as multiple sclerosis.
"In 1996, medical marijuana was often dismissed as a fringe issue, but that is no longer the case," the report concludes. "In the decade since passage of Proposition 215, support has steadily grown, reaching a level of public consensus seen with relatively few issues. ... Politicians, particularly at the federal level, have been slow to adapt to the changing landscape."

CONTACT: Bruce Mirken, MPP director of communications, 202-215-4205 or 415-668-6403
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