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Medical News & Perspectives
April 28, 1999

Therapeutic Marijuana Use Supported While Thorough Proposed Study Done

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JAMA. 1999;281(16):1473-1474. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1473

Advocates for the medical use of marijuana received support recently from Institute of Medicine (IOM), recommendations that clinical trials and drug development should proceed. But its acceptance into the general population of prescribed drugs appears to be years away—if it happens at all.

The coinvestigators of the report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, said advances in cannabinoid science over the last 16 years offer opportunities for the development of medical marijuana. The report summarizes and analyzes what is known about the medical use of marijuana, emphasizing evidence-based medicine.