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IOM Report Still Sets Standard on Medical Marijuana
Psychiatric News
Volume 44 Number 6 page 10-10

In an area where ideology may sometimes trump evidence, the 10-year-old Institute of Medicine report titled "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base" still appears to be the clearest statement of scientific understanding about the therapeutic potential of marijuana. The report came to a number of conclusions, including the following:

The report concluded that short-term use of smoked marijuana (less than six months) for patients with debilitating symptoms (such as intractable pain or vomiting) must meet the following conditions:

"Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science" is available online for purchase at<www.iom.edu/?id=12668>.

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