Ganja in Jamaica Project

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The Ganja in Jamaica Project (1970-1972), a multidisciplinary investigation of the effects of chronic cannabis smoking directed by Vera Rubin and Lambros Comitas, was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and carried out by the Research Institute for the Study of Man in collaboration with the University of the West Indies. Its final report first published in 1975 as Ganja in Jamaica: A medical anthropological study of chronic marihuana use was widely discussed and acclaimed in the United States and abroad. Its findings were emphatically displayed in the key report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Use (2001). In years that followed, a substantial number of dissertations, books and scientific articles have been written by the anthropologists on the Project staff, work directly or indirectly related to their research on cannabis use with the Project. Much of this material (from 1975 to 2002) is available by accessing the Ganja in Jamaica Project page.