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Medical News & Perspectives
May 28, 2014

Colorado Tackles Medical Implications of Marijuana

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JAMA. 2014;311(20):2053-2054. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4370

When Colorado legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in January, the action catapulted the state to the forefront of discussions about drug policy. But the state is no newcomer to marijuana policy. Since 2000, Colorado has allowed patients access to limited amounts of marijuana as therapy for 8 conditions: pain, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, and severe nausea (http://1.usa.gov/1iClyJ2).