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Week: 590.1 

Guest: William Beaver, pharmacology, Georgetown University 

Topic: Medical marijuana 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Studying pot....coming up... 

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NEMA: An expert medical panel concluded that government research should be conducted on the therapeutic effects of smoked marijuana. Aaron Cohen has Health on the Hill...  

COHEN: The National Institutes of Health convened a two day workshop on the medical uses of pot after California and Arizona voters said legalize the weed for use by sick people...and after six months of deliberations, the experts in diverse field says the anecdotal evidence was (is) too strong to ignore. Georgetown University pharmacologist William Beaver said the conclusion of the expert panel he chairs was unanimous...  

BEAVER: The conclusions were, of the expert panel, that it was worth doing some additional study.  

COHEN: Dr. Beaver said NIH should study pot’s use in 5 areas...as a pain reliever, as a treatment for neurological and movement disorders, to curb vomiting and nausea after chemotherapy, to treat eye pressure from glaucoma, and to stimulate the appetites of AIDS patients...but he cautioned that scientists may need to develop alternatives to smoked marijuana because of its negative side effects. The head of the NIH commented his agency is willing to consider studies on the medical use of marijuana. For Health on the Hill, I’m Aaron Cohen.  

NEMA: And I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.