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Cannabis: Getting Started

Who is the author of your research sources?

Marijuana (cannabis) is a complex issue in today's health, economic, legal and government sectors.  Understanding the term "marijuana" and its alternate variations of chemical components, is a starting point for understanding its role in today's society. Marijuana's history, particularly in the U.S., is not only informative but also eye-opening. 

Marijuana research is an excellent demonstration of BIAS (in favor of or against something), especially when evaluating source information.   With more and more states legalizing 'medical marijuana' and 'recreational marijuana' plus its sister, CBD, flooding the marketplace, there has been a noticeable increase in advocacy (public support).  Yet, it currently remains illegal at the federal level with many opposing national legalization. Therefore, when reviewing and/or using marijuana (cannabis) information, critically examine the author, company or agency publishing the website, article or book.  It helps to know whether they are supporting medical (and, in some cases, recreational) marijuana or opposing its use AND the underlying reason for their viewpoint. 

For example, a dispensary owner would support its use because they/he/she would make money from sales.  On the other hand, a pharmaceutical company that profits from the sale of synthetic medications that mirror medical marijuana benefits, may NOT support an open marijuana (cannabis) market as the competition might decrease its profits.

Medical Cannabis LibGuide

This Research Guide is a starting place for research relating to the medical use of cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, and its many variations. It is designed to provide direction regarding dispensary operations, the law, pharmacology and chronic pain and/or illness with regard to marijuana.

Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist Department Website

Topics related to Medical and Recreational Cannabis (Marijuana)

Chemistry, effects and emerging therapeutic benefits for chronic pain and illness

  • Qualifying medical conditions​

Political and socio-economic influences on marijuana laws

Regulations/Implications surrounding cannabis

  • Business and Banking
  • Legal: Federal vs. State
  • Safety, Standardization, Quality Control
  • Synthetic vs plant-based products

Potential Economic Windfalls of Hemp, CBD, Marijuana

  • Big Business - Pharma ; Tobacco ; Alcohol 
  • Agriculture (2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018)
  • Food & Beverage Companies
  • Entrepreneurs ; Business Ventures

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About this guide

This guide was created by MaryLou Stampfl.