Government Just Says No Author: Peter Gwynne

Can smoking marijuana help to alleviate the loss of appetite and weight that accompany AIDS? Much as they would like to know, people with AIDS and their physicians seem unlikely to get a definitive answer to that question any time in the near future.

field FIELD OF DREAMS: The University of Mississippi grows marijuana for NIDA, for use in reserach that meets the institute's criteria. For more than three years, a physician proposing to undertake a pilot clinical trial on pot treatment has consistently failed to receive from the federal government the marijuana necessary to carry out the trial, or federal approval to obtain nongovernment pot for it.

Researchers involved in the effort to start the experiment emphasize that nobody in government is singling out AIDS. At present, no trial for any other suggested medical use of marijuana-to treat the nausea associated with...

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