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appetite. Ithelped ease and contro_ her spasticityo Her _imt_s were much easier
to control. After three months of smoking marijuana she could walk unassisted,
had regained all of her}ost weight, her seizures became almost nonexistent.
She could again care for her chi_dreno -Sh# could drive an automobile again.
She .regained the abilityto lead a normal life.
12. Concerned that her use of this i11egal substance might jeopardize
the career of her Navy officer husband, Mrs. Cover stopped smoking marijuana
several times° Each time she did so, after about a month, she had retrogressed
to the point that her multiple sclerosis again had her confined to bed and wheel-
chair or skateboard. As of the Spr_ng of _g87 Mrs. Cover had resumed smoking
marijuana regularly on an _as needed" basis° Her multiple sclerosis symptoms
are under excellent control. She has obtained a full-time job. She still needs
a wheelchair on rare occasions, but generally has full use of her limbs and can
walk around with relative ease.
13. Mrs. Cover's doctor has accepted the effectiveness of marijuana in
her cases He questioned her closely about her use of it, telling her that it is
the most effective drug known in reducing vomiting. Mrs. Cover and her doctor
are now in the process of filing an [nvest#gational New Drug (IND) application
with FDA so that she can lega!ly obtain the mar#juama she needs to lead a rea_
sonably normal life.
14. Martha Hirsch is a young woman in her m#d-th_r_ies. She first
exhibited symptoms of multiple sclerosis at age 19 and #t was diagnosed at that
time. Her condition has grown progressively worse. She has been under the care
of physicians and hospitalized for treatment. Many drugs have been prescribed"
for her by her doctors. At one point _n 1983 she listed the drugs that had been
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