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the nausea and vomiting. While these doctors would give their
patlents information on marijuana_s med:_c_nal uses, they could
not prescrlbe the drug. As a =esult of mari_uana's _llegaiity,
Sts_medlcal use was being forced underground° Doctors would tell
patients about the drug's bene_!ts_ subtly encourage them to use
...... marijuana, but would noZ openly discuss the sub_eCto
38. During this same period of tlme Harris and _ had
to go Into the stzeets and purchase ma_Juana from drug dealers°
While we were constantly concerned about the possibility of
arrest and our need to deal with criminals, my husband needed
mar%juana to continue his chemotherapy treatmentso Whatever _he
risk, it was worth it to provide my husband w_th relief he could
not obtain from any other drug.
39. _n spite of all the surgical procedures, radiation
treatments and chemotherapy sessions Harrls _ cancer continued to
40° Harris died of ham cancers on June 21, 1979.
became a widow.
41. Foliow!ng my husband's death I had tame to reflect
on has medical cares and on _he immeasurable difference marijuana
h_d made in his treatment and his llfe,
42. While Harris was alive all our energies were
focused on his treatment and care. But w_th his death _ had
time to reflect on the meanness of a law which deprived Harris of
his legal right to obtain marijuana - the one drug which actually
relieved his nausea and vomiting _ frol= his doctor for use under
medical supervlslon during his antl-cancer treatments.
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