California Proposition 215
Proposition 215 (or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996) is a California law concerning the use of medical cannabis. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against. It allows patients with a valid doctor's recommendation, and the patient's designated Primary Caregivers, to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use, and has since been expanded to protect a growing system of collective and cooperative distribution.
Medical Board Reaffirms its Commitment to Physicians Who Recommend Medical Marijuana
SACRAMENTO - May 13, 2004: The Medical Board of California marked a milestone for California consumers and physicians by adopting a statement clarifying that the recommendation of medical marijuana by physicians in their medical practice will not have any effect against their physician's license if they follow good medical practice.

Medical Research

Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). The purpose of the Center is to coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions. The funding of the CMCR is the result of SB 847 (Vasconcellos), passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Gray Davis. The legislation calls for a three year program overseeing objective, high quality medical research that will "enhance understanding of the efficacy and adverse effects of marijuana as a pharmacological agent," stressing that the project "should not be construed as encouraging or sanctioning the social or recreational use of marijuana" (SB 847).
What are physicians' views on medical marijuana?
Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, wrote in an August. 17, 2003 article published in the Boston Globe: "Doctors and nurses have seen that for many patients, cannabis is more useful, less toxic, and less expensive than the conventional medicines prescribed for diverse syndromes and symptoms, including multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, migraine headaches, severe nausea and vomiting, convulsive disorders, the AIDS wasting syndrome, chronic pain, and many others."

Other Discoveries

Lotus announces hemp-based Eco Elise: a new type of "green" car
Lotus have gone for a different type of "green" by announcing an "Eco Elise" made largely out of hemp... No need to check your calendar, itís not April 1. The theory behind this radical new approach is that Lotus feels too much "green" car technology is simply concentrating on CO2 emissions at the tailpipe, where the manufacturing processes and materials in many cars are just as environmentally damaging.
74 Years Ago, Henry Ford Predicted Hemp Cars Powered by Biofuels
In 1941 Henry Ford constructed a vehicle made from biodegradable cellulose fibers derived from hemp, sisal, and wheat straw. The car was even fueled by hemp ethanol.
YouTube: The Market for Hemp Products
Interviews with companies and officials talking about the growing market for industrial hemp products.