DENVER (AP) – Researchers are gathering in Denver to discuss their research about marijuana as a medical therapy.

The symposium at National Jewish Health will include presentations on Saturday by researchers funded by the state of Colorado to study the safety and effectiveness of marijuana as a treatment for medical conditions. Those conditions range from pain to epilepsy, post-traumatic stress syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia.

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The symposium will include details on research challenges, and presentations from patients on their perspectives.

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Organizers say as more and more states legalize medical marijuana, there is an urgent need for reliable scientific research to understand what marijuana can and cannot do as a medical treatment.

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