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The 420 Experience: Resources and Research on Cannabis

This research guide aims to both summarize resources on campus and to provide resources for further reading based on multiple frames of analysis: health/medicine, economics, (de)criminalization, among others.

Medical Marijuana

What will the PA Department of Health consider as a "serious medical condition" for which medical marijuana may be prescribed?

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
  • Intractable Seizures
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Source: What You Need to Know about Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania, April 15, 2016

Medical Marijuana in the United States

Map from wikimedia depicting current cannabis legislation

Legality of cannabis by U.S. jurisdiction, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cannabis laws in the United States1


  Jurisdiction with legalized cannabis.
  Jurisdiction with both medical and decriminalization laws.2
  Jurisdiction with decriminalized cannabis possession laws.
  Jurisdiction with legal psychoactive medical cannabis.
  Jurisdiction with legal non-psychoactive medical cannabis.
  Jurisdiction with cannabis prohibition.

1 Includes laws which have not yet gone into effect.
2 Mississippi has only legal non-psychoactive medical cannabis.

2016 vs. 1999  how much has changed?

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