Rick Simpson was a Systems Engineer for a hospital in Nova Scotia when he discovered the benefits of eating concentrated cannabis oil. When Simpson began treating people who were suffering from a wide variety of illnesses, including cancer, the Canadian government arrested him. Jack Herer initially asked me to cover Simpson's story, and I ended up writing the first major magazine article on him, which opened up a firestorm inside the legalization movement, prompting a "note of caution" from Dr. Lester Grinspoon. Over the last few years, new evidence has emerged to support Simpson, but little in the way of solid, verifiable evidence that could be used in a scientific paper. This eBook is an ever-developing overview of the cannabis and cancer controversy as it exists today and will be updated periodically as new information emerges.
About the Author
I started out writing black comedy, but I'm best known as the first reporter to document hip hop and the instigator of the film Beat Street. I also founded the Cannabis Cup, organized the first 420 ceremonies outside of Marin County, and launched the hemp movement with Jack Herer while writing some landmark conspiracy articles.