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Marijuana and medicine: assessing the science base / Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A. Benson, Jr., editors; Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-07155-0 (hardcover)

1. Marijuana—Therapeutic use. 2. Cannabinoids—Therapeutic use. I. Joy, Janet E. (Janet Elizabeth), 1953- II. Watson, Stanley J., 1943- Ill. Benson, John A. IV. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health.

RM666.C266 M365 1999

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Cover: Illustration from Marijuana Botany by Robert Connell Clarke, Ronin Publishing, 1981.

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