U.S. Govt. v. Robert Randall
In 1976, Robert Randall, a glaucoma patient, sued the U.S. govt. after he was charged with marijuana cultivation (Randall v. U.S.). Mr. Randall won. The judge ruled, in part..."no adverse effects from the smoking of marijuana have been demonstrated. Medical evidence suggests that the medical prohibition is not well-founded."
Randall filed a petition in May 1976 and began receiving FDA-approved medical marijuana. As a result of Randall's case, the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program was created by the FDA and at its peak, allowed thirty people to receive medical marijuana. The program was closed by the Bush Administration in 1992 and the participating patients were grandfathered in.
In 2006, there were seven remaining patients who...