November #29 : A Spot of Pot

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Elizabeth Taylor Tells the Truth


Letters to the Editor-November 1997

The Last Auction Hero

Suicide Ride

Twisted Sisters

Kiss Hysteria

French Toast

Code Blue

Coffee Talk

A Spot of Pot

Shalala Infections

Child’s Play

Hurray for Hollywood!

Say What - November 1997

Obituaries - November 1997

Tribute - Nigel Finch

True Brit

Baste Not, Want Not

Suicide Watch

Passage From India

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 1997

A Spot of Pot

Blurbs for the herb a Brit hit

Britain's medical-marijuana mavens rolled out an eye-popping ad campaign for their cause. The glossies, which run gratis in readables such as the top-selling Daily Teleraph, follow the National Medical Association's unanimous vote endorsing cannabis as a treatment for nausea, pain and other conditions related to sickness. "Our goal is to make people aware of the therapeutic quality of marijuana and, in the end, make it available as a prescription medicine," said Clare Hodges, of the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics (ACT), which persuaded Time Out and The New Statesman to donate pages. ACTivists followed up the print success with a radio campaign. The herb blurbs will run as long as space is available, said Hodges, who has multiple sclerosis. While AIDS merited not a single mention amidst all the horn blowing, Hodges attributed this to an information gap-her own: "I felt we couldn't put that [AIDS reference] in the advert because it was just hearsay. I get masses of mail from people with MS and arthritis who use cannabis, but I hadn't been in contact with anyone with AIDS." Since the ad fad, Hodges has met with folks from the London Lighthouse Centre for AIDS.

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