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Medical-marijuana views aired at Fayetteville forum

FAYETTEVILLE -- A panel discussion on medical marijuana offered Fayetteville City Attorney Kit Williams a chance to describe his wife's personal story of how the drug helped her while she underwent chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

But the panel at the Arkansas Health Disparities Conference at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also gave a Little Rock doctor, David Smith, a chance to express his concerns about the chemicals in marijuana.

Williams said his wife, Emily, suffered greatly from nausea while being treated for lymphoma, a type of cancer.

But once she began using marijuana, "the pain that she had been feeling, the nausea that had been wrecking her system, started going away almost immediately," Williams said.

He admitted that about five years ago, before his wife's diagnosis, he thought advocacy for medical marijuana "was a bunch of smoke and mirrors."

He said he and his wife, now free of cancer...

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