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Israeli girl, 14, gets medical marijuana

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 14-year-old Israeli cancer patient has been allowed to smoke marijuana to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

The Health Ministry last week approved a request to treat her side effects, including pain and loss of appetite, and she began receiving marijuana cigarettes last Friday, Haaretz reported Wednesday. 

The girl, being treated for hematological cancer at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, is one of 800 Israeli patients receiving medical marijuana; fewer than 10 are under the age of 18, according to Haaretz.

 

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