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Date:8/30/2010

sh administration, dispensaries continued to be raided under federal law. After President Barack Obama took office, in March, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would no longer conduct raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, as long as the dispensaries were abiding by their own state laws.

Medical marijuana is legal in Canada.

To minimize the risks of smoke to the lungs, THC could be delivered through a vaporizer, in which the plant resin containing THC is heated to the point that the oils are released in a mist, Ware said. Oral THC is another possibility, though getting dosages right has proved problematic.

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The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has information about the health risks of marijuana.

SOURCES: Mark Ware, M.D., director, clinical research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal; Henry McQuay, D.M., professor, chronic pain unit, Oxford University, Oxford, England; Aug. 30, 2010, Canadian Medical Association Journal


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