Bill Zimmerman, PhD, Executive Director of Americans for Medical Rights, wrote in a Nov. 15, 2001 email to

“Marijuana has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years, going back to ancient civilizations in Egypt, India and Africa. In all that time, up to and including the present day, there has never been a report of a fatality directly due to the consumption of marijuana.

In contrast, over 1,000 people die annually in the US from an overdose of our most common non-prescription drug, aspirin. In addition, many thousands of deaths result from the legal prescription drugs.”

Nov. 15, 2001