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READER’S EDITORIAL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND STATES RIGHTS

 
By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

 
October 25, 2011 (San Diego)--The citizens of California voted to legalize medical marijuana, but the feds are now raiding our local shops. As a disclaimer, I have never used marijuana or any other recreational drug; but see its value in alleviating human suffering.
 
In a comprehensive review of the science the prestigious Institute of Medicine found that marijuana does alleviate several medical problems: “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base” (1999) and the following year published a version for the general public: “Marijuana As Medicine? The Science Beyond the Controversy (2000).” Subsequent research has only strengthened the IOM findings.  
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