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 of these drugs is particularly effective_ 638/ Thus, physicians
 routinely prescribe tranquili2ers_ muscle relaxants_meod ele-
 vators and sedatives. While these druNs do not directly reduce
 spasticity_ they may weaken a patient's muscle tone making the
 spasms simply less noticeab!e. _2t_/ At the same times however_.
 they=may induce sleep or so tranquilize the patient that normal
 menta_cand physical functions are impossible./L4_/ Many of these
 drugs are also quite addictiveo 641/ Steroids--for instance,
 ACTH--prescribed by some physicians may likewise have very severe
 adverse effects_ 9-_2_/
 2. Marijuana Has Been Used as an Antispasmodic Drug
 for Hundreds_ If Not Thousands_ of Years
 Reports of marijuana_s use in the treatment of
 --. spasticity go back several thousand years® The ancient writers
 of China, India, Greece and Rome provide data that is strikingly
 9_I_/ Affidavit of Dr o Denis Petroe _ :Lg.
 _2__/ /__. at _ 20°
 92ui/ Cross-examination of Dr. Denis Petro, Transcript of Hearing"
 (nhereinafter referred .to as _Tr.m)_ 6_15i. See _SO Affidavit
 of Valerie Cover, _ 36 (severe withdrawal symptoms when Valium
 discontinued); Affidavit of Greg Paufler_ _ 50_51 (became
 addicted to Valium and suffered _evere withdrawal problems,
 incll/ding restlessness, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings and
 severe depression after cessation of use)o
 .._:. ___I/ e_ Affidavit of Greg Paufler, _| 23, 25-26 (use of ACTH
 led to enormous weight_gain--from 175 to 300 Ibs. in less than
 four months=-sleeplessness_ loss of concentration, poor mental
 attitude, mood swings and other difficulties; doctor informed
 Paufler that long-term use of ACTH might lead to heart attack or
 death due to respiratory failure); Affidavit of Martha Hirsch,
 i _ 21 (no therapeutic benefit; resulted in severe nausea which
 proved virtually uncontrollable)

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