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 illnesses we all fear, such as multiple sclerosis (MS),
 glaucoma and cancer?
 The answer might seem obvious based simply on common
 sense. Smoking causes lung cancer and other deadly
 diseases. Americans take their medicines in pills,
 solutions, sprays, shots, drops_ creams and sometimes in
 suppositories, but never by smoking. No medicine prescribed
 for us today is smoked°
 With a little homework_ one can learn that marijuana
 has been rejected as medicine by the American Medical
 Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society_ the
 American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of
 Ophthalmology and the American Cancer Society° Not one
 American health association accepts marijuana as medicine.
 For the last half century_ drug evaluation experts at
 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have
 been responsible for protecting Americans from unsafe and
 ineffective new medicines° Relying on the same scientific
 standards used to judge all other drugs, FDA experts
 repeatedly have rejected marijuana for medical use.
 Yet claims persist that marijuana has medical value.
 Are these claims true? What are the facts?
 Between 1987 and 1988_ DEA and NORML, under the
 guidance of an administrative law judge, collected all
 relevant information on this subject° Stacked together it
 stands nearly five feet high. Is there reliable scientific

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