Evidence-Based Marijuana Information

Reasonable dialogue regarding marijuana use has historically proven extraordinarily difficult. Fortunately, scientific research has now uncovered a great deal about the effects of marijuana on the basic working of the brain that can form the foundation for a reasonable exchange. The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) seeks to educate the public so that each voter can make informed decisions.


CSAM Policy Statement on Cannabis (October 2015)

Mitigation of Marijuana-Related Legal Harms to Youth in California
Peter Banys, M.D., M.Sc. (2016), Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Marijuana Legalization in California: Rational Implementation of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)
Peter Banys M.D., M.Sc. & Timmen L. Cermak M.D. (2015), Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Clinical Approach to the Heavy Cannabis User in the Age of Medical Marijuana
Timmen L. Cermak M.D. (2016), Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Prevention of Youthful Marijuana Use
Timmen L. Cermak M.D. & Peter Banys M.D., M.Sc. (2016), Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Recommendations to Improve the Adult Use of Marijuana Act’s (AUMA) Impact on Prevention and Treatment
Monika Koch, M.D., David Kan M.D., Itai Danovitch, M.D., Randolph Holmes, M.D., (2015)

CSAM “Youth First” Report

CSAM Members Vote to Ratify “Youth First” Report

Report from CMA Recommending Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis

Introduction to CSAM’s Evidence-Based Information on Cannabis/Marijuana Web Pages
by Timmen Cermak, MD

Californians Must Look at the Science of Marijuana
Cover article by Timmen Cermak, MD in the August 21, 2010 issue of Insight Magazine in the San Francisco Chronicle

CSAM Statement on the Medical Aspects of Marijuana Legalization

CSAM’s Position on Medical Marijuana

Webinar: Clearing the Air: Marijuana’s Effect on Health

KQED Radio (San Francisco) OCT 16, 2010: “Health Effects of Marijuana”
As California voters consider whether or not to legalize marijuana, we join experts to discuss the health effects of recreational pot use. Host: Michael Krasny Guests: Dr. Larry Bedard, physician and former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians; Dr. Timmen Cermak, president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine; Michael Montgomery, reporter for KQED Radio News and California Watch.

Impact of Marijuana on Children and Adolescents
by Timmen Cermak, MD

Marijuana’s Addictive Potential

Adverse Effects of Marijuana

Special Issue of CSAM News (Summer 2010)

Altered State? Assessing How Marijuana Legalization in California Could Influence Marijuana Consumption and Public Budgets
by RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Reducing Drug Trafficking Revenues and Violence in Mexico: Would Legalizing Marijuana in California Help?
RAND Drug Policy Research Center (2010)
(Report Conclusions begin on page 43)

Brief Summary of RAND Report