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February 25, 2013

Medicinal marijuna bill to be heard in Senate Health and Human Services Committee today

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NORMAN —

The use of medicinal marijuana is legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia and eight other states — Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Oklahoma — have filed legislation this year to legalize medicinal marijuana. 

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a graduate of the University of Washington’s National Institutes of Health-supported Medical Scientist Training Program and an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine, will give testimony on the use of medicinal marijuana. 

As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Dr. Aggarwal conducted and published human studies of medical cannabis use under the first-ever granted federal Certificates of Confidentiality which protected 176 enrolled study subjects recruited both from sites of both cannabis delivery and medical consultation. He has authored or co-authored papers on cannabinoid medical science, dosing, and human rights published in journals of Pain medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, General Medicine, and Law, in addition to a book chapter for the general public and a chapter in a supportive oncology textbook.

Aggarwal has given presentations at the national meetings of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the University of Denver School of Law, with his writing and testimony being used by several state health agencies in the United States such as the Iowa and Oregon Boards of Pharmacy as expert evidence in policymaking.

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