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him to make a study using synthetic THC. He and colleagues made such a study°
:-_." They concluded that synthetic THC effected a significant reduction _n spastic_ty
aBong multiple sclerosis patients, but study participants who had also smoked
marijuana reported consistently that _ar_juana was more effective.
_:> 46. Dro Petro accepts marijuana as havin9 a medical use in the
treatment of spast_city in the United States. %f it were l ega'lly available and
he was engaged "in an active medlcal practice agaiin, he would not hesii:ate to
-_:-_ prescribe marijuana, when appropriate, to patients aff'i_cted with uncontrollable
spast i ci ty.
47. Dr. Petro presented a paper to a meeting of the American Academy
of Neurology. The paper was accepted for presentation. After he presented it
Dr. Petro found that _nany of the neurologists present at this most prestigious -
meetlng were in agreement with his acceptance of marljuana as having a medical ::
....._. use in the treatment of spastlcltyo
48. Or. Andrew Well, a general medlcine practitioner in Tucson,
Arizona, who also teaches at the University of Arizona College of P4edicine,
accepts marijuana as having a medical use in the treatment of spasticity. In.
multiple sclerosis patients the muscles b_come tense and rigid because tI_eir
nerve supply is interrupted. Marljuana relieves this spastlclty in many.
" patients, he has found. He would prescribe l_t to selected patients if it were ..
legally avaf_ab_1e.. :,: ,.
49. Or. Lester B. Collins, Ill, a neurologlst, then treatieg_abo_z_ 20
<::_ n_ltlple sclerosis patients a year, seeing two or !;hree new ones each year,
stated in 1983 that he had no doubt that _rljuana worked symptomatically for
some multiple sclerosis patients. He said that _t does not alter the course of
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