The New Prescription – Marijuana as Medicine

“106,000 people died in 1994 due to faulty prescription drug doses given to them while they were already hospitalized; 700,000 other hospitalized patients were harmed by prescription drugs during the same year.”

“The Government should allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for medical use.”


“Advances in cannabinoid science over the past 16 years have given rise to a wealth of new opportunities for the development of medically useful cannabinoid-based drugs. The accumulated data suggest a variety of indications, particularly for pain relief, antiemesis, and appetite stimulation. For patients who suffer simultaneously from severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss, such as those with AIDS or who are undergoing chemotherapy, cannabinoid drugs might offer broad-spectrum relief not found in any other single medication. Until a non-smoked, rapid-onset drug delivery system becomes available, we acknowledge there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by marijuana smoking, such as pain or AIDS wasting.”


Faced with compelling evidence that pharmaceutical products can be hazardous to their health, many people are looking for alternative treatments that rely on natural medicines and non-invasive procedures.

In his new book, “The New Prescription- Marijuana as Medicine,” author Martin Martinez tells people how to determine if marijuana is the right prescription for them. In a wide-ranging work that is as impressive for its clarity as it is for its breadth, Martinez explains complex medical concepts with compassion and confidence.

“The New Prescription” was inspired by Martinez’s experiences as a patient in the American health care system. At age 26, he was a businessman, artist and musician who also rode motorcycles. One fateful day, a car veered into his lane- he was thrown 40 feet in the air, spent 30 days in intensive care, and was hospitalized for months. Doctors gave him huge doses of morphine every 7 minutes, 24 hours per day. He was crippled not just by extensive orthopedic and neurological injuries, but also by the effects of addictive opiate painkillers.

Realizing that prescription drugs were potentially fatal and delaying his rehabilitation, Martinez discovered medical marijuana, a natural herbal medicine that humans have safely used for thousands of years. With marijuana’s help, Martinez rehabilitated himself by participating in physical therapy, work and college.

“The New Prescription” is an encyclopedic guide to marijuana’s fascinating history, medical usefulness and legal status. Using solid research, balanced reporting, and clear language, Martinez details marijuana’s documented medical efficacy. He provides patients, doctors, caregivers and anyone interested in health with a wide-ranging alphabetized series of interesting topics. Martinez provides ample footnotes and citations, as well as a fact-filled recitation of marijuana’s anthropological and botanical pedigree

The book contains practical information about marijuana’s many medical uses. The plant can be used to cure, mitigate or relieve symptoms of glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, depression, chronic pain, brain injury, spasms, nausea, nutritional disorders, menstruation, PMS, childbirth, arthritis, AIDS, cancer, and asthma, among others.

In many medical situations, Martinez writes, marijuana is more effective and less harmful than prescription drugs. Contrary to “reefer madness” propaganda, Martinez’s comprehensive research shows that marijuana has never caused a fatal overdose, is not addictive, does not cause violence or use of more dangerous drugs, and has few negative side effects. He cites the opinion of a Drug Enforcement Administration administrative law judge in 1988, who ruled that marijuana is one of the safest, most effective medicines known to humans.

“The New Prescription- Marijuana as Medicine” is lucid, compelling, well-organized and timely. Readers can easily find references that show marijuana is useful in treating dozens of conditions. The author also discusses side effects, dosage, methods of ingesting marijuana, and safety concerns.

Martinez views his book as a public service. It took him years to compile and examine the complex research data and medical issues involved in medical cannabis. To ensure scientific and medical accuracy, Martinez employed the services of a medical doctor, Francis Podrebarac, M.D, an esteemed Pacific Northwest doctor and medical researcher.

“The New Prescription- Marijuana as Medicine,” is a handy, reliable reference. Martinez provides ample footnotes and citations, as well as an enjoyable recitation of marijuana’s anthropological and botanical pedigree. Podrebarac’s contribution as a medical editor ensures the book’s accuracy.

“The New Prescription- Marijuana as Medicine,” is useful for patients who want to educate friends, employers, family members, and health care providers about marijuana as medicine. It also provides a discreet way for people to find out about medical marijuana. It’s a must-read for health care professionals and patients interested in utilizing holistic medicine; it will be of interest to anyone concerned about health, law, history, and politics.


Martin Martinez was a successful entrepreneur, artist, musician and sportsman before the motorcycle accident that changed his life and led to his use of medical marijuana. Martinez, his doctors, and his friends say that medical marijuana saved Martinez’s life, allowing him to rebuild his entrepreneurial and artistic careers, while also researching “The New Prescription- Marijuana as Medicine.”

For more than a decade, Martinez has studied, cultivated and campaigned on behalf of medical marijuana. He has twice been arrested for marijuana, and on both occasions successfully defended himself by convincing juries, judges and prosecutors that he broke cannabis laws because of medical necessity. Seattle police and prosecutors violated laws to harass and victimize Martinez and his partner. His cases attracted national attention, and resulted in numerous citizens’ rallies on his behalf.


Dr. Francis Podrebarac was raised by traditional medicine practitioners who taught him to respect and utilize holistic health care approaches. Podrebarac earned his medical credentials in Kansas and Washington State. He is respected for his skills as a physician, but also because of his lifelong dedication to patient advocacy. In Washington State, for example, he forced government officials to end patient abuse at a geriatric facility.

Podrebarac became interested in medical marijuana after he was diagnosed with cancer and AIDS. He believes medical marijuana has kept him alive, and currently spends his time treating patients and engaging in medical marijuana activism. He is a well-known leader of the Seattle-based patients’ rights group, Compassion in Action.

“The New Prescription” contains a revealing record of Pordrebarac’s correspondence with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

“There is a great injustice being done to Americans who are suffering and could benefit from using marijuana as medicine,” Podrebarac told Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey. “Doctors and patients are not the enemy in the war on drugs, nor do we belong in the crossfire.”