There are four people in the United States who are the most legal drug users around -- they get their marijuana straight from the federal government. They are the only surviving members of a government program that provides pot for medical purposes.
According to the Associated Press, back in 1976 a judge ruled that the FDA must provide marijuana to a man named Robert Randall because no other drug could treat his glaucoma.
Two years later as part of a compromise in that case, the government started taking applications from others to join the program. At its peak, 14 people were getting government-approved marijuana. Many of those were AIDS sufferers and have since died, leaving the final four.
In 1992 then-President Bush ordered no new applicants as part of his war on drugs.
The marijuana is grown at the University of Mississippi. From there it goes to a lab in North Carolina where it is rolled into joints. Three hundred joints are then packed into a metal tin and then sent off to the four recipients.
It is estimated that the government has sent these four people some 584 pounds of marijuana over the years, worth an estimated $500,000.
One of those patients is an Oregon woman named Elvy Musikka (pictured below). The 72-year-old woman uses marijuana to keep her glaucoma under control. Despite the government's insistence that marijuana is not effective as medicine, Musikka said "(the government) won't acknowledge the fact that I do not have even one aspirin in this house. I have no pain."