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Wednesday, May 11, 1977
Smoking doe hlp
m a ..s e t 1SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- Each day Robert Randall smokes
at least six joints. His dealer is the United States government.
The large quantity of pot doesn't help Randall get high, It
helps him see.
RANUIALL BECAME THE ONLY' PERSON in the United
States legally entitled to use marijuana when a court agreed
last November that the weed was a "medical necessity" for
treating his glaucoma.
"Marijuana has caused me to be able to see," Randall, 29,
told a news conference Monday sponsored by the National Drug
Abuse Conference. "If I had not used marijuana, I'd be blind."
He said the 60- marijuana cigarettes he is given, free each
week rarely leave him stoned -because he can "psychologically
control" the effects. But he did say the medicine is "a pleasure
to take" compared with the two conventional glaucoma drugs
he uses.
He said the weed cannot core his glaucoma, but it keeps
the condition from worsening.
Randall quit his teaching job at a Washington Community
College after he won, his case. He now writes and lectures on
his experiences. in hopes of marijuana being legalized for medi-
cal and social use.
Other persons in research programs are ' given marijuana,
but the National Drug Abuse Conference said Randall is the
only person allowed to take it home. He is the first subject in
a federal research program testing the link between marijuana
and glaucoma, but would still be entitled to pot if he left the
program.
"There is a social prohibition against using marijuana, but
it's totally ineffective," said Randall. "The only place the pro-
hibition is effective i4 in denying marijuana to physicians who
want so do medical, research and to people who have valid medi-
cal needs."%
Randall said he started to smoke marijulana for pleasure in
1968. After his glaucoma was diagnosed in 1972, he noticed that
marijuana seemed to help and medical authorities confirmed it
was essential to his health.

ROBERT RANDALL, 29, the only person in the country legally entitled to smoke marijuana
to keep his glaucoma from worsening, lights up a joint for the benefit of reporters and pho-
tographers during a news conference yesterday in San Francisco.

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