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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Suffering from a degenerative neuromotor disease, General Eduardo Villas Bôas, a former Army commander and current advisor to the Palácio do Planalto's GSI (Institutional Security Office), is at risk of losing his voice and has been testing technologies to replace speech.

Among other alternatives, the military told the SBT TV station in an interview that he was introduced to cannabidiol -- one of the 113 compounds found in marijuana -- and, despite not using it, defended the use of the drug and referred to "social hypocrisy" by mentioning the difficulties in access to treatment for . . .

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