Medical Marijuana: The Conflict Between Scientific Evidence and Political Ideology. Part One of Two

  title={Medical Marijuana: The Conflict Between Scientific Evidence and Political Ideology. Part One of Two},
  author={Peter J. Cohen},
  journal={Journal of Pain \& Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy},
  pages={25 - 4}
  • P. J. Cohen
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
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