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James Mahoney was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1993 In an effort to put his disease into remission the medical team decided chemotherapy would be the best treatment After one cycle of chemotherapy James was treated weekly As soon as he came up to some minimum baseline standards shown by the blood test he was admitted for another cycle For the most part though he knew before the doctors did when he was ready for another cycle When he woke up in the morning and actually didnt feel nauseous or had an appetite he knew he was in for another weekend at the hospital Simply put you have the treatment and are sick for a week or two When you finally feel better it is time for another treatment This caused James to feel hopeless because he never really knew if the treatment was going to work The most debilitating aspect of the treatment though was the constant nausea This caused his spirits to fall and also resulted in him losing a tremendous amount of weight Seeing the nausea he was fighting and marveling at the rapidity with which James appetite came and went his friend suggested that the drugs he was getting from the doctors Compazine and Benadryl werent doing their job His friend offered him marijuana and after initial resistance he decided to try it After his next cycle he smoked a puff or two with his friends and the results were dramatic Not only was his nausea manageable vomiting once or twice a day during the week after the cycle was usual but his appetite would return within an hour of smoking and stay for long enough to allow him to eat at a slower rate There was only one problem however Marijuana is an illegal substance So the question that needs to be answered is should James be allowed to use this substance to alleviate his pain or should marijuana remain
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