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February 18, 2010 6:55 AM

Study: Marijuana provides pain relief

Smoking pot can soothe tingling or burning pain — but you don't need to get high to find relief. Those are preliminary findings of an $8.7 million California study, the first major research conducted on the effects of marijuana in two decades. The findings, released Wednesday in a report to the Legislature, are sure to drive debate over public policy governing California's burgeoning medical marijuana market.

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