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Tod Mikuriya Papers 1933-2015
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Writings, correspondence, subject files, reprints, research files, business documents, clippings, photographs, audiovisual records, and memorabilia document the professional career and medical marijuana advocacy activities of psychiatrist Dr. Tod Mikuriya. A highlight of the collection is the extensive ephemera and artifacts related to medical marijuana and medical activism contained in Series 7.

Series 1 is comprised of personal records including documents pertaining to Dr. Mikuriya's education, honors and awards, and clippings of articles which mention Dr. Mikuriya. Series 1 notably contains Dr. Mikuriya's personal writings including a large body of unpublished poetry. The bulk of Dr. Mikuriya's photographs are contained in this series. Series 1 also contains information on Dr. Mikuriya's original personal filing system.

Series 2 contains the bulk of records pertaining to Dr. Mikuriya's medical marijuana advocacy activities, including the founding documents of the California Cannabis Research Medical Group (CCRMG), research and drafts pertaining to CCRMG's harm reduction research and publications, and information on the Compassionate Use Act implementation and compliance data that Dr. Mikuriya collected. Records documenting Dr. Mikuriya's involvement with various Cannabis Buyers' Clubs, including videotaped interviews with medical marijuana users, can also be found in Series 2. Most of the records relating to the passage of California Proposition 215 that Dr. Mikuriya collected are contained in this series. Series 2 also contains records of Classic Pharmaceuticals, a company the Dr. Mikuriya founded to educate the public about medical marijuana consumption. Court records and related correspondence pertaining to the ad hoc legal consultancy that Dr. Mikuriya provided to medical cannabis users facing prosecution is also contained in Series 2. Notably, records documenting the legal and professional repercussions that Dr. Mikuriya faced, including the Medicare audit and the California Medical Board's investigation into Dr. Mikuriya's practice and his ensuing probation are container in Series 2. The bulk of audiovisual recordings pertaining to medical marijuana activism are also contained in this series. The audiovisual records are comprised primarily of video and audio recordings of cannabis activism events or meetings that Dr. Mikuriya attended, public interviews and lectures that Dr. Mikuriya gave, as well as audio and video recordings which document the medical marijuana legalization movement more generally. Notably, Dr. Mikuriya's collection of "drug tapes," chronological video clips of news broadcasts about medical marijuana, are contained in Series 2.

Information on MediComp Press, the company that Dr. Mikuriya founded to publish his Marijuana: Medical Papers, 1839-1972 (MMP) is contained in Series 4.

Series 5 contains Dr. Mikuriya's collection of vertical subject files which he collected over the course of his career. The subject files include copies of scholarly literature on medical marijuana and drugs, copies of newspaper or magazine articles, single issues of marijuana- or drug-related magazines and other publications, advertisements, event fliers, pamphlets, and reports. Dr. Mikuriya's collection of published statistical reports about drug use and enforcement in California is also found in Series 5. This series additionally Dr. Mikuriya's collection of photocopies of historical resources on cannabis dating from the eighteenth century.

Dr. Mikuriya's extensive collection of medical marijuana ephemera and artifacts is contained in Series 7. Notable objects include a variety of cannabis vaporizers and pipes which showcase advancements in medical marijuana methods of consumption. Series 7 also contains a large collection of t-shirts and other clothing, buttons, patches, and stickers from various activism events and displaying various slogans from the medical marijuana legalization movement. Dr. Mikuriya's memorabilia collection also includes posters and signs from activism events as well as those advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Dr. Mikuriya frequently employed abbreviations and initialisms to describe his records. Throughout the collection, Dr. Mikuriya's name is often abbreviated to "THM." "Medical marijuana" is often abbreviated to "mj" or "mmj."

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