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- The University of Mississippi has grown marijuana (including a placebo with virtually no THC) for the U.S. government since 1968. Each year the University of Mississippi grows either 1.5 acres, 6.5 acres, or none, depending upon demand.
- In every vote or poll on medical marijuana chronicled since 1975 that we could find, over 50% of respondents were Pro medical marijuana.
- According to the U.S. Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) in 2000, as well as numerous other studies through history, marijuana alone has never caused an overdose death.
- The British Lung Foundation reports that 3-4 marijuana cigarettes a day are as dangerous to the lungs as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day. Read more about marijuana's effect on the lungs.
- In 1978 the U.S. government started the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program, upon a court order, to supply about 300 marijuana cigarettes per month to seriously ill patients approved for the program. The program was shut down in 1991, but seven of those patients, as of 4/1/05, continue to receive the free government marijuana.
- Marijuana extracts were the first, second or third most prescribed medicines in the United States each year from 1842 until the 1890s. Read more history.
- The 1999 U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, commissioned by the U.S. government, recommended that, under certain narrow conditions, marijuana should be medically available to some patients, even though "numerous studies suggest that marijuana smoke is an important risk factor in the development of respiratory disease." Read more about the report's conclusions.