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six. or seven years with significantly beneficial results. 9-_/
Valerie Cover has successfully used marijuana medically for the
past two years, controlling her spasticity so well that she was
able to return to work. 665/ Cleariy_ these patients benefited
greatly from marijuana smoking and accepted its medical utility
° _he number of patients employing marijuana to control
spasticity is apparently quite large° Dr. Denis Petro
(Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, D.C.) testified that he
had evaluated _scores of patients _ who were treating their
spasticity with marijuanao .6_/ In additions Dr. Petro declared
that he had communicated with several hundred patients throughout
the United States who were using marijuana to control spasti-
city. 667./ Finally, Dr. Petro noted that he had seen a large
.... number of patients at VA Hospitals_ treating their spasticity
through marijuana smoking with the approval of hospital offi-
cials. 9-_9-/ Dr. Andrew Well (Tucson_ Arizona) testified that he
had #seen a dozen patients who have reported dramatic o . o
reduction of muscle spasticity [resulting from the medical use of
marijuana]. _6_/ He noted that one patient believed that he had
kept multiple sclerosis in total remission for twelve years by
664/ Affidavit of Greg Paufler_ _ 65.
66_/ Affidavit of Valerie Covers _ 41-44, 59.
666/ Cross_examination of Dr. Denis Petro, Tr. 6-160 & 6-161o
668/ Affidavit of Dennis Petros _ 72.
669/ Cross-examination of Dr. Andrew Weil_ Tr. 4-65.
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