Over the last couple of months, the U.S. Government has been adamant about putting a stop to the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.
Furthermore, the DEA is cracking down on dispensaries throughout the whole country, forcing states to change their rules and regulations. While some states are trying to avoid a general crackdown, protecting their users by disposing of client information after 48 hours, other states are struggling to find a solution.
On the one hand, there are states like Colorado that are showing outstanding marijuana revenue numbers that could be the holy grail to saving the U.S. economy and, in addition, there is constant research coming out, showing weed’s profound medical effects on different illnesses and diseases. But, on the other hand, we have a government that is being fueled by entirely different motives, enhancing prohibition.
Sometimes it seems as if Marijuana enthusiasts are fighting a losing battle until you hear news like the following that completely blows your mind…
For the past 3 decades, a handful of Americans have been receiving regular deliveries of high-grade free weed. All courtesy of the federal government.
Yes..you heard it right…
According to CBS News, it’s all part of the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program, a little-known initiative that grew out of a 1976 court decision that created the nation’s first legal pot smokers.
Furthermore, out of the 14 people who were in the program initially, 4 are still alive. This 1990 photo shows the first five patients in the program. Among them is Robert Randall (standing) who is known as the “father of medical marijuana.”
Other participants of the program have included Elvie Meshika a 72-year old woman, who receives 300 joints of high potency marijuana a month and Ervin Roosenvelt, who has supposedly smoked about 135,000 free joints.
Can You Join the Program?
The government stopped accepting new patients into its program in 1992 due to a crackdown on crime and public health authorities concluding it had no scientific value.
Therefore, as of now, only those that were accepted to the original program can receive the government’s marijuana that comes from Mississippi, by way of a lab in North Carolina.
According to CBS News, the free weed is rolled into cigarettes, packed into steel tins and sent to patients.
How Comes You’ve Never Heard of the Program?
Apparently, this is not the first time that a news company has tried to uncover the government’s program.
As stated on herb.co, when Fox News explored the topic and called the DEA to inquire, they said they weren’t authorized to speak about it and referred them to the Department of Justice, who were also not authorized. It seems as if everyone keeps on running into dead ends when exploring the topic and the few who do know about the program simply will not answer questions about it.
What’s the Solution?
Unfortunately the Free Weed Program has ended but that doesn’t mean that you can’t receive weed for different medical conditions including major discounts of purchases. The problem is, as marijuana is still classed illegal on a Federal level, there is no one set of rules that dictate the exact healthcare conditions to which a patient is eligible to be treated with Marijuana. This has led each state to adopt its own exact list of qualifying conditions and laws about who can and cannot receive medical marijuana as a treatment. If you are in desperate need for medical marijuana then your best bet would be to contact your local physician to understand the exact qualifications in your state.
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