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do. We lost interest in the Michigan state program. I think
it has become virtually useless to the dc_tors and patients
that i set out to help.
-96. Xt has been seven years since Michigan enacted a law
to make marijuana legally available to patients with glaucoma
and cancer. .I still work occasionally at the doctor Is office
and for the last five years have also worked in a local
hospital's cancer ward. Doctors are still telling violently
ill patients to smoke marijuana to relieve their nausea and
vomiting and the patients are still getting marijuana off the
streets° People who work closely with cancer patients know
patients are smoking marijuana.
97o Marijuana is being used medically, but not legally.
X know many doctors who quietly support marijuanaSs medical
use. Yet, I do not know one doctor who is actively participat-
ing in the Michigan Marijuana Therapeutic Research Program. In
fact, I have yet to meet a single Michigan cancer patient who
ever obtained marijuana legally, through a doctor°
98. Despite its problems, it appears that Michigan fared
better than most states in dealing with marijuana's inappro=
priate Schedule _ classification. The do(_tors in Michigan who
did participate in the limited programs that were developed
reported great success° _t is my understanding that nearly BOO
cancer patients in Michigan received marijuana during their
chemotherapy treatments_ Marijuana successfully =educed nausea
and vomiting for the vast majority of these patients. Equally
slgnificant_ there were almost no adverse effects reported.
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