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this patient -if it were legal to do so. Other patients in the Denver area smoke
marijuana for the same purpose. This patient's doctor, and nurses with whom he
comes -in contact, understand that cancer _fatients smoke marijuana to reduce or
control emesis. They accept it.
_30. In late 1980 a three year o)d boy was brought by his parents .to a
hospital in Spokane, Washington, The child was diagnosed as Raving cancer.
Surgery was performed. Chemotherapy was begun_ The child became extremely
nauseated and vomited for days after each chemotherapy treatment. He could not
eat regularly. He lost strength. He lost weight. His body's ability to ward
off common _nfectioas, other life-threatening _nfectioes, significantly decreased.
Chemotherapy's after_effects caused the child great suffering° They caused his
watching parents great suffering. Several standard, available anti-emetic agents
_'ere tried by the child's doctors. None of them succeeded in controlling his
nausea or vomiting. Learning of the existence of research studies with THC or
marijuana the parents asked the child's doctor to arrange for their son to be
the subject of such a study so that he might have access to marijuana. The doctor
refused, citing the volume of paperwork and record_keeping (_etail required in
such programs and his lack of administrative personnel to h,_ndle it.
31. The child's mother read an article about marijuana smoking helping
:hemotherapy patients. She obtained some marijuana from friends. She baked
ookies for her child with marijuana in them. She made tea for him with
arijuana in it. When the child ate these cookies or drank this tea in
onaectioa _ith his chemotherapy, he did not vomit. His strength returned. He
_:gained lost weight. His spirits revived. The parents told the doctors and
_rses at the hospital of their .giving marijuana to their child. None objected.
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