only eight (8) Americans are legally allowed to use marijuana
as medicine. Three of those eight patients live in Florida.
As a result of winning criminal possession charges with the
use of medical necessity
as a defense in the 1970s, the government was forced to
find a way to provide several people with access to their medicine.
As a result,
the Investigational New Drug (IND) program was established.
In 1992, in response to a flood of new applications from AIDS
patients, members of the Bush administration closed the program
to all new applicants. The Clinton administration has has not
reopened the program.