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38. XM Radio "POTUS ‘08” / Washington, D.C.
December 13, 2007


XM Radio, on its national channel "POTUS ‘08” [President of the United States 2008] in a program called 1600, interviewed ProCon.org’s Managing Editor about the website 2008 Election ProCon.org. The host of 1600, Rebecca Roberts (also on NPR’s Morning Edition and PRI’s The World), asked questions about the site’s origins, mission, number of candidates featured, and to what extent the candidates were participating.

The interview lasted about 8 minutes and was broadcast live. XM Radio has 8 million subscribers as of Dec. 13, 2007.




37. Associated Content / Denver, CO
November 28, 2007


Associated Content, an online news content provider based in Denver, Colorado that is considered among the top 2,500 most popular websites on the Internet (according to Alexa.com in Nov. 2007), wrote an article about Immigration ProCon.org titled "ProCon.org: New Website Presents Both Sides of Illegal Immigration.”

The article discussed the newest ProCon.org website, and described the organization in part as follows:

"ProCon.org is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about complicated social issues such as illegal immigration. ProCon.org was formed in 2004 and has addressed a variety of issues including the Iraq War, medical marijuana, origins of sexual orientation, the ACLU, and electronic voting machines among others. ProCon.org's seeks to present complicated, divisive issues in a balanced and educated way by utilizing a pro vs. con format.”

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36. Houston Chronicle / Houston, TX
November 26, 2007


The Houston Chronicle
, the largest daily newspaper in Texas and the 9th largest newspaper in the United States (as of March 2007), published an article about Immigration ProCon.org titled "Pros and Cons of Deportation” in its Nov. 26, 2007 blog. The article said in part:

"For you immigration nerds out there, here's a Web site you'll just love: Immigration ProCon.org.

The site lays out the pros and cons of key questions and issues surrounding immigration.

Credible experts, politicians, academics and think tanks offer their perspectives in a balanced pro-con debate. It's actually a rather simple and insightful approach.”

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35. The Rob Sherman Show / Chicago, IL
November 19, 2007


WJJG (1530 AM), a Chicago-based radio station, featured a one-hour interview with ProCon.org's Managing Editor on The Rob Sherman Show hosted by social activist Rob Sherman.

Among other compliments, Mr. Sherman called ProCon.org "marvelous” on air and on his website. Specific items of discussion included the purpose of ProCon.org, its funding, and its various existing topics including the origins of sexual orientation, the ACLU, and the phrase "under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Also discussed were upcoming topics such as illegal immigration and insider trading by Congress.

Neither the show’s producer nor the station itself record the programs, so we do not have an audio copy of the interview to share.


34. Dairy Field / Deerfield, IL
November 9, 2007


Dairy Field,
a 102-year old milk industry trade magazine, based in Deerfield, Illinois, published an article about Milk ProCon.org titled "The pros and cons of milk” by the magazine’s editor, James Dudlicek.

This article appeared on the Dairy Field blog on November 9, 2007, and it said that Milk ProCon.org was "well organized,” "a good resource,” and:

"A casual journey through the site reveals that the pros and cons are pretty evenly matched, though I think pro-dairy holds a slight edge. In any case, I find MilkProCon.org to be a useful educational tool.”


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33. LATV / Los Angeles, CA
October 11, 2007

LATV, a television station based in Los Angeles, California with 13 nationwide affiliates and partially owned by the Washington Post’s parent company, interviewed ProCon.org's Managing Editor about medical marijuana. The result was two 5-minute segments on the program LATV Central that aired at 7:15 PM and 7:45 PM on October 11, 2007. The host was Viviana Vigil (host of LATV Live and Drive-Thru) and the producer was Marcela Pezet (produced Asi Se Hace,, acted in Kilmetro 31, and hosted Al Banquillo). The discussion revolved around the conflict between state laws validating medical marijuana and federal laws that ban any use of marijuana – medical or otherwise. The program will be rebroadcast on Nov. 22, 2007.

We have made this 10 minute segment available through the ProCon.org YouTube page.,


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32. Central Valley Business Times / Stockton, CA
October 1, 2007


The Central Valley Business Times, a media organization based in Stockton, California and serving the 6.5 million residents of California’s Central valley, interviewed ProCon.org's Managing Editor about the Milk ProCon.org website. The discussion revolved around the reasons for selecting Milk as a topic, what interesting facts were learned in the research process, and some general background on the ProCon.org organization itself.

We have made this 12 minute interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is large (10.9 Megabytes) and takes about a minute to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.


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31. Baker County Standard / Macclenny, FL
August 1, 2007


The Baker County Standard, a daily newspaper based in Macclenny, Florida, published an editorial titled "As I See It” by Blake Thomas on August 1, 2007 where the author mentioned our website Under God ProCon.org.

The article discussed religious references to "’God’ or some higher power” in all 50 state constitutions, and it provided several examples of those references. It listed only one source for all the information in the article: "(source: undergod.procon.org).”


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30. Congressional Research Service / Washington, DC
July 27, 2007


The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a division of the Library of Congress since 1914, published a 48-page meta-report by Mark Eddy, Specialist in Illicit Drug Control Policy in the Domestic Social Policy Division, dated July 27, 2007 and titled "Medical Marijuana: Review and Analysis of Federal and State Policies.”

This report referenced Medical Marijuana ProCon.org four times, including one blurb stating:

"ProCon.org, a nonprofit and nonpartisan publication education foundation, has identified 21 national public opinion polls that asked questions about medical marijuana from 1995 to the present. Respondents in every poll were in favor of medical marijuana by substantial margins, ranging from 60% to 80%.”

CRS has a legal mandate to provide nonpartisan research to members of Congress. We are very pleased that our content was useful to CRS and Congress in helping to analyze medical marijuana policies.

(The updated Sep. 20, 2007 CRS report also contained the same four references to ProCon.org )


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29. Metro Times / Detroit, MI
June 13, 2007


The Metro Times, a weekly newspaper based in Detroit, Michigan, published an article on June 13, 2007 titled "Prescription Pot” in which News Editor, Curt Guyette, wrote:

"In researching this article, the Metro Times found a good site for exploring both sides of the issue on the Web at medicalmarijuanaprocon.org.”


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28. Star Tribune / Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
May 21, 2007


The Star Tribune
, a daily newspaper based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota published an article titled "Tracking the Cost of War” in which journalist Randy Salas reviewed four websites, including US-Iraq ProCon.org, and described the efforts of each to detail Iraq War costs.

US-Iraq ProCon.org was featured in a 194-word description which stated (in part):

"‘Should the U.S. have attacked Iraq?’ Now, there’s a controversial question. Enter ProCon.org to answer it — in a fashion. Like MyWarTax.org, the site aims to avoid partisanship by being strictly informational. It lists hot topics related to the war and presents quotes and published statements representing various positions in the debate — from one- and five-minute overviews to lengthy discourses… Wade through all the rhetoric, check out related facts and figures and then decide how you feel.”

The article was later reprinted in the Times Union (Albany, NY) and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina), and the Modesto Bee (Modesto, CA).


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27. Drug War Chronicle
May 4, 2007

Drug War Chronicle, a leading drug policy newsletter published by Stopthedrugwar.org (DRCNet), referenced Felon Voting ProCon.org in the May 4, 2007 issue. The hyperlinked reference said "An in-depth web site launched this week now provides pro and con arguments on the issue from more than 80 authorities.”

The link pointed to a separate page devoted exclusively to our newest website. Along with a description of the website, the article offered:

"Many DRCNet readers are familiar with the website MedicalMarijuanaProCon.org, an in-depth examination of the medical marijuana issue that features authorities from both sides of the issue addressing a myriad of relevant questions about it. This week the parent organization, ProCon.org launched FelonVotingProCon.org, exploring the issue of felony disenfranchisement featuring comprehensive comments from over 80 pro and con politicians, scholars, judges, activists and other experts.”


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26. Medical News Today
March 15, 2007


Medical News Today, in a 3/15/07 article, "Woman Denied Right to Use Marijuana As Life-Saving Medication" by Catherine Paddock, referred its readers to Medical Marijuana ProCon.org. Medical News Today says it is "the largest independent health and medical news website on the Internet” and that it receives over 2 million unique visitors per month.

The reference said "Click here for Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana, including summary of active state laws (US)” and the hyperlink pointed to our website on medical marijuana. We were listed ahead of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the only other referenced website.


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25. BBC News
March 15, 2007


BBC News, in a 3/15/07 article, "U.S. Upholds Medical Marijuana Ban" referred readers to ProCon.org's website on medical marijuana. We were listed ahead of two other sites: the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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24. KSRO 1350 AM / Santa Rosa, CA
March 13, 2007


KSRO (1350 AM), a CNN affiliate in Santa Rosa, California, interviewed ProCon.org's Managing Editor about Drug Enforcement Administration raids on California’s marijuana clinics. The interview was rebroadcast twice for morning commuters in the Bay Area.

Specific items of discussion included Proposition 215, Senate Bill 420, John Vascancellos’ position on cannabis clinic profits, DEA claims on what constitutes profits, marijuana as a Schedule I substance, and more.

We have made this four minute interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is large (4 Megabytes) and takes about a minute to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.


23. CFRO 102.7 FM / Vancouver, Canada
January 29, 2007


102.7 FM (CFRO), a membership-funded radio station in Vancouver, Canada, interviewed ProCon.org’s Managing Editor about our newest website (at the time) Euthanasia ProCon.org.

The interview on CFRO’s program "The Rational” lasted about 13 minutes, and the host, Yasaman Azarpajouh, said that she loved ProCon.org and that instead of using Google to learn about an issue she visits our site instead. She described our staff as a "dream team” of research talent. She encouraged us to continue our good efforts, and that she would continue to remind her listeners about our website.

We have made this 13 minute interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is large (12 Megabytes) and takes about a minute to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.


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22. Star Tribune / Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
December 11, 2006


The Star Tribune, a daily newspaper based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota published an article titled "Web search: In the News” in which journalist Randy Salas reviewed five major news events and provided a relevant website to learn more about each headline.

For the headline "Iraq War raises concerns” our website US-Iraq ProCon.org was featured in a 67-word description which stated:

"U.S.-Iraq ProCon (usiraq.procon.org) answers the question ‘Should the U.S. have attacked Iraq?’ by looking at various related issues (weapons of mass destruction, Saddam's threat, Iraq's oil) and presenting arguments for and against them by the people and agencies involved. Run by the nonprofit organization ProCon.org, the site doesn't express its opinions but seeks to promote ‘informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a simple, nonpartisan pro-con format.’”


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21. Wired
November 15, 2006


Wired News, a newswire service of Wired Magazine, printed an article by reporter Randy Dotinga on November 15, 2006 titled "Guarded Hope for Dope Reform” in which the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment was discussed among other things. This reference contained only one link and it pointed directly to a Medical Marijuana ProCon.org webpage.

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20. The Philadelphia Inquirer / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 05, 2006


The Philadelphia Inquirer featured Voting Machines ProCon.org on 11/05/06 as one of five recommended election-related websites in its article "Web Winners | Elections” by staff writer Reid Kanaley.

The reference appeared in a Sunday edition of the daily newspaper and stated:

"Voting machines. Debate even rages over the reliability of modern voting machines - the very devices meant to avert problems such as the infamous hanging chads. This site presents the pros and cons of the various voting machines now in use, including arguments about their vulnerability to hackers, ability to register a voter's 'intent,' and usability for disabled voters. votingmachines.procon.org

The article was reprinted in the Contra Costa Times and RedOrbit.com.


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19. The Lexington Minuteman / Lexington, Massachusetts
November 02, 2006


The Lexington Minuteman, a daily newspaper in Lexington, Massachusetts, referenced one website – medicalmarijuana.procon.org - in their 11/02/06 article "On the Ballot: Non-Binding Questions” by correspondent Arthur Katz.

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18. The University Leader / Fort Hays State University
October 12, 2006


The University Leader, the official publication of Fort Hays State University in Kansas, referenced only one website - Medical Marijuana ProCon.org - in an article titled "Study Finds Another Use for Marijuana” by Krystal Baugher.

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17. KSRO 1350 AM / Santa Rosa, California
September 27, 2006


KSRO (1350 AM), a CNN affiliate in Santa Rosa, California, interviewed ProCon.org's Managing Editor about new medical marijuana growing guidelines in California.

The show’s producer commented after the interview: "Thank you, thank you for another great interview.” and "You should be speaking on this topic more nationally.”

We have made this three and a half interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is large (3 Megabytes) and takes about a minute to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.


16. The New York Times
September 26, 2006


The New York Times referenced ACLU ProCon.org in a 09/26/06 article titled "Supporters of A.C.L.U. Call for Ouster of Its Leaders” by Stephanie Strom.

They wrote: "…other independent Web sites already reported and commented on the A.C.L.U., including aclu.procon.org…”

The article referenced many current and former ACLU leaders who appear in the ACLU Structure and Site Sources portions of ACLU ProCon.org.


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15. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 9, 2006


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution referenced ProCon.org in an editorial question and answer feature on 08/09/06. In response to the question: "How is the ACLU funded? By whom? What is its budget?” the editors cited information they found on ACLU ProCon.org. The story was picked up by Cox News Service and reprinted at the Arizona Daily Star on 08/11/06, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 08/13/06, and the Berkshire Eagle on 08/20/06.

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14. KCUR 89.3 FM / Kansas City, Missouri
August 9, 2006


KCUR (89.3 FM), a National Public Radio affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri, interviewed ProCon.org Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan on their morning program "The Walt Bodine Show.”

The show’s host, Walt Bodine ("Kansas City's dean of broadcasting”), and co-host Martha Julian focused the discussion on electronic voting machines and their performance in the Kansas City elections on 08/08/06.

The three minute interview is the first major publicity received by our Voting Machines ProCon.org website.

We have made this interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is 3 Megabytes and takes a few minutes to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.


13. Radiogay.ca / Vancouver, Canada
July 13, 2006


RadioGay.ca, an online radio station based in Vancouver, Canada, interviewed ProCon.org’s Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan on their "flagship” program called "UNGLUED!”.

The program was broadcast on Thursday 07/13 and then rebroadcast on Sunday 07/16. Conversation focused mainly on Born Gay ProCon.org although many other issues were discussed including medical marijuana, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and potential new pro-con topics.

After the interview the hosts said on the air: "Good job. Keep up the good work. It is a lot of work. I am amazed at how in depth and how much information is there. I wish this had existed when I was in debate society."

We have made this 26-minute interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is quite large (25 Megabytes) and takes about 7 minutes to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.


12. The Minnesota Daily
April 25, 2006


The Minnesota Daily, in its official editorial response to an FDA statement about medical marijuana, referenced only one website, Medical Marijuana ProCon.org.

They wrote: "The Web site medicalmarijuanaprocon.org has put together a battery of questions with answers from multiple sources on the pro and con sides. These include medical doctors, lawmakers and advocacy group representatives. The scope of opinions runs the gamut, with medical professionals on both sides of the fence."

 


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11. KZSU 90.1 FM / Stanford University
March 30, 2006


Stanford University’s radio station KZSU 90.1 FM interviewed ProCon.org’s Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan about medical marijuana on their most popular program "What Does Your Mother Say?”

The program was broadcast throughout the San Francisco area during rush hour. In 35 minutes, Medical Marijuana ProCon.org was mentioned four times. The show’s producer wrote "I can't thank you enough for being on the show tonight. You demonstrated a profound intellect on the subject that blew everyone away.”

We have made this interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is quite large (35 Megabytes) and takes about 10 minutes to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.



10. 60 Minutes / CBS Television
March 12, 2006


60 Minutes, a weekly television news magazine on CBS Television, on March 12, 2006 listed Born Gay ProCon.org on its website for a segment titled "The Science of Sexual Orientation." We were one of only three recommended links. The show’s producer, Shari Finkelstein, kindly wrote in an email to ProCon.org:

"Our viewers might be very interested in your website... I will definitely look at your site on other subjects in the future.”

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9. Marijuana Policy Project
March 3, 2006


The Marijuana Policy Project, on March 3, 2006, mentioned Medical Marijuana ProCon.org in its newsletter to supporters:

"Speaking of getting the truth out, one of the most truthful marijuana-related Web sites out there is www.MedicalMarijuanaProCon.org. The site features credible, objective pros and cons in answer to the question, "Should marijuana be a medical option now?" Visit it today, and pass the link on to your friends."

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8. Kansai Time Out
March, 2006


Kansai Time Out, an English-language magazine based in Japan’s Kansai region, featured ProCon.org in their "Insites” section. The section’s author, Jessie Wilson, titled the article "Get Off the Fence” and wrote:

"Want to know the world leaders’ justifications for invading Iraq? Wondering if marijuana should be routinely prescribed for chronic pain caused by cancer? For anyone having trouble deciding which side of the fence to sit on, look no further than procon.org. This is a nonpartisan, independent, and nonprofit organization whose goal is to inform the public about controversial issues using facts, news stories, and hundreds of diverse opinions in a pro-con format.” Kansai Time Out has been in operation since 1977 and has a reported circulation of 10,000 readers.

 


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7. WLPO 1220 AM / Oglesby, IL
February 26, 2006


WLPO in Oglesby, Illinois interviewed ProCon.org’s Managing Editor Kamy Akhavan for 23 minutes on the Sunday morning John Small show.

The show’s host said many complimentary things about ProCon.org on air including:

* "There’s a website called ProCon.org and if you want to get into in depth reading about particular topics you can, but it’s a fine place to go to for a quick summary – the pro and the con – of a lot of major issues.”

* "Fascinating website. I think we can learn something. Anybody who has access to a computer can learn a little more about their world and get a little ammunition to battle the office bully over an issue but it’s also just to better your brain.”

We have made this interview available for free download. Please note that the MP3 audio file is quite large (18 Megabytes) and takes about 5 minutes to download with a high-speed DSL or cable connection. Click here to listen to the interview now, or right click and select "save as" to save to your computer and listen later.



6. Yahoo! Picks
January 23, 2006


Yahoo! selected ProCon.org as a Yahoo! Pick on January 23, 2006.

They concluded their write-up with these words: "You're guaranteed to disagree with 50% of what you read here, but you'll come away better informed and -- if the site's founders are proved out -- a better citizen, to boot."

In their email to us they wrote "thanks for the great work!"

 

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5. Arizona Daily Star
November 25, 2005


The Arizona Daily Star referenced ProCon.org in an editorial question and answer feature on 11/25/05.

In response to a reader’s question about the circumstances under which the phrase "under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance, the editors cited information they found on Under God ProCon.org.

 


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4. Forbes Magazine / New York, NY
October 13, 2005


Forbes Magazine, in a 10/13/05 article, "Marijuana Compound Spurs Brain Cell Growth" by Alan Mozes, referred its readers to only one site, Medical Marijuana ProCon.org.

This syndicated article also appeared in DrKoop.com, HealthCentral.com, Austin American-Statesman, Waco Tribune, The Palm Beach Post, Dayton Daily News, The Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, TX), and news station websites such as LEX18 (Lexington, KY), KLAS-TV (Las Vegas, NV), and KPHO (Phoenix, AZ).


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3. East Valley Tribune / Phoenix, Arizona
September 22, 2005


The East Valley Tribune, a daily newspaper covering the East Valley near Phoenix, Arizona, published an article by Jennifer Ryan titled "Legalized pot initiative backers light up debate” on September 22, 2005.

The article referenced three websites as Related Links. The first link (and the only one specifically involving medical marijuana) was titled "Medical marijuana arguments pro and con” and pointed directly to Medical Marijuana ProCon.org.


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2. SALIS News
Fall 2005


The Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS) wrote an entire article about our medical marijuana website in their Fall 2005 SALIS News publication (Vol. 25, No. 3, pg. 5):

"When it comes to issues of locating accurate information regarding medical marijuana, the World Wide Web is littered with thinly veiled propaganda sites, inaccurate and unsourced statistics, and the well-known plague of disparate information located in multiple places.

Attempting to change this is Medical Marijuana ProCon.org, a site that strives to be a clearinghouse for accurate information regarding the medical marijuana debate.... a valuable resource for librarians and information professionals looking for a one-stop source to direct the patron who seeks to better acquaint themselves with medical marijuana issues.... for those seeking expert opinions on both sides of the debate, it is an excellent starting place."


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1. BBC News
June 6, 2005


BBC News, in a 6/6/05 article, "U.S. Can Bar Medical Cannabis Use " referred readers to ProCon.org's site on medical marijuana. We were listed ahead of two other sites -- the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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