The Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program

For over 30-years, a handful of Americans have been getting regular deliveries of high-grade marijuana, from the United States federal government. 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.

The Compassionate Investigational New Drug program, or Compassionate IND, is an Investigational New Drug Program that allows a limited number of patients to use medical marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi where since 1968; the school operates the only legal marijuana farm and production facility in the United States. The Program is administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse

The government’s marijuana come from Mississippi, by way of a lab in North Carolina, where the weed is rolled into cigarettes and placed into tin canisters for shipment to Florida and Iowa. Packed inside each can is a half-pound of marijuana rolled into 300 perfectly-wrapped joints. There are four patients that continue to receive cannabis from the government under the program.

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