Richard Doblin, MPP; Mark A. R. Kleiman, PhD
To the Editors: We surveyed oncologists to determine whether marijuana in smoked form has a "currently accepted medical use in treatment" to control nausea in patients receiving chemotherapy (1). That point is at issue in an ongoing administrative and legal dispute about whether marijuana in smoked form should be available by prescription along with synthetic THC in oral form (Marinol, Roxane Laboratories, Inc., Columbus, Ohio) (2), of which almost 100 000 doses were prescribed in 1989 (3).
In September 1989, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected a petition to "reschedule" marijuana in smoked form from Schedule 1
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Doblin R, Kleiman MAR. Medical Use of Marijuana. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:809–810. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-9-809_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(9):809-810.
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