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(13) Oregon Medical Association. _-_/
(14) Georgia Medical Association. 360/
d_ Benefits and Advantages of
a °Cu nt _ mt'
Physicians agree that marijuana is a drug that, in
addition to its antiemetic properties, presents a number of
benefits in the treatment of cancer patients° First, marijuana
is an appetite stimulant.
Dr. Silverberg noted that this factor is important
First, the patient retains his basic
.... strength, strength he needs to fight his
cancer. Second, by being able to eat and by
being able to interact with other people who
are eatina_ the patient's quality of life is
..... In addition, physicians point out that no other drugs possess
appetite stimulant propertieso ._62/
_59/ I do at 1979-27.
360/ Affidavit of Mona Taft, _ 72_
36_/ Affidavit of Dr. Ivan Silverberg, _ 40-41; s_ also
Redirect of Dr. Daniel Dansak, Tr_ I1-121 (appetite stimulant
factor allows patients to live a longer and better quality of
life); Redirect of Dr. Andrew Weil, Tr. 4-53 & 4-54 (appetite
stimulant factor significant for cancer patients); Affidavit of
Dr. Lester Grinspoon (citing study confir_ing marijuana's
appetite stimulant properties); Affidavit of Dr. Ronald Stephens,
19 (appetite stimul_unt factor as important as antiemetic
properties). For patients' viewsg se_, ___p/_a at 43.
3_/ Redirect of Dr. Ivan Silverberg, Tr. 3-131; Redirect of
Dr. Andrew Weil, Tr. 4-53 & 4_54o Dr. Daniel Dansak referred to
one occasion in which FDA provided marijuana to a patient based
solely on its appetite stimulant properties. Affidavit of Dr_
Daniel Dansak, I 62.
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