norml11 - Page 21

Page 21 Previous , Next , Original Image
Return to Index

 °made any comment. The marijuana was completely successful with this patient,
 who accepted _t as effective in cohtroi_ing his nausea and vomiting° Instead of
 being sick for weeks following chemotherapy, and. having trouble goi_fgto _ork, --
 as had been the case, the patient was return to work 48 hours after
 that chemotherapy treatment._ The patient thereafter always smoked marijuana, o
 • in the hospital, before: chemotherapy. "The doctors were aware of it, Openly
 approved of it and encouraged him to continue. The patient resumed eating
 regular meals and regained lost weight, his mood improved markedly, he became
 more active and outgoing and began doing things together with his wife that he
 had not done since beginning chemotherapy°
 25. During the remaining two years of this patient's life, before his
 cancer ended it, he came to know other cancer patients who were smoking
 marijuana to relieve the adverse effects of their chemotherapy. Most of these
 patients had learned about using marijuana med#ca|ly from their doctors who,
 having accepted its-effectiveness, subtly encouraged them to use it.
 26. A 8ostoa psychiatrist and professor, who travels about the country,
 has found a minor conspiracy to break the law among oncolog#sts and nurses in
 every oncology center he has visited to let patients smoke marijuana before and
 during cancer chemotherapy. He has talked with dozens of these health care
 oncologists who encourage their patients to do this and who regard this as an
 accepted medical usage of marijuaaa_ He has known nurses who have obtained
 marijuana for patients unable to obtain it for themselves.
 27. A cancer patient residing in 8eaverton, Michigan smoked marijuana
 medicinally in the nearby hosp_ta_ where he .was undergoi_g chemotherapy from
 early 1979 until he.died of his cancer in October of that year. He smoked it in
 19 -

Previous , Next , Return to Index