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They all accepted smokingmarijuana as effective in controlling chemotherapy-
_. induced nausea and vomiting° They were interested t.o see the results of the
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32. Sgon this. child was riding a tricycle _n the hallways of the
,.:Spokane hosgi, tai shortly after his chemotherapy treatments while other children
there _ere stillvomiting-into pans, tied to intervenous bottles in an attempt
to re-hydrate them, to replace the _iquids they _ere vomiting up. Parents of
some of the other patients asked the parents of this _live]y '_ child how he seemed
to tolerate his chemotherapy so _ell. They told of the marijuana use. Of those
parents who began giving marijuana to their children, none ever reported back
encountering any adverse side effects° In the vast majority of these cases, the
other parents reported significant reduction in their chi_dren's vomiting and
appetite stimulation as the result of marijuanas The staff, doctors and nurses
at the hospita_ knew of this passing on of information about marijuana to other
parents. They approved. They never told the first parents to hide their son's
medicinal use of ma_'ijuana. They accepted the effectiveness of the cookies and
the tea containing marijuana.
33. The first child's cancer went _ato remission, Then it returned
and spread° Emotionally drained, the parents moved the! family back to San.
Diego, California to be f_ear their own parents. Their son was admitted to a
hospita] °in San Diego. The parents informed the doctors, nurses and social
workers there of their son's therapeutic use of marijuana. No one objected.
The child's doctor in San O_ego strongly supported the parent's giving marijuana
to him. Here in-Cal.ifornia, as in Spokane, other parents noticed the striking
d i fference between thei r chi _dren after chemotherarpy and the fi rst child.
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