How doctors built the case for medical marijuana.

Peter Hecht, National Journal

Donald Abrams knew that Mark Henry was going to die. It was 1986 when the two met. Abrams, one of the world's leading AIDS doctors, was delivering a lecture in Maui. The speech had been set up in honor of Henry's former partner, who had been the first person on the island to die of the disease. Henry, who had HIV himself, sought out Abrams at the lecture. Abrams's experiences told him that Henry's deterioration would be rapid and excruciating. Yet that knowledge didn't stop him from developing a relationship with Henry. It didn't stop the two men from vacationing together, from laughing together, or from drawing close to each other.