Vice Squad
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
The Federal Medical Marijuana Law

The United States federal government began enrolling patients in a medical marijuana program in 1975. In 1992, in response to a flood of new applications from AIDS patients, the Bush administration closed the program to all new applicants. The Clinton administration refused to reopen the program in 1999. Therefore, only seven surviving individuals approved prior to 1992 remain enrolled in the program.

One of these individuals is Irvin Rosenfeld. Delta Airlines refused to let him on a plane with his medical marijuana in 2001. The government has acknowledged that Rosenfeld should have been allowed to fly with the marijuana. The Sun-Times reports today that Rosenfeld has now filed a complaint alleging that the airline discriminated against him by not allowing him to fly. The government says Rosenfeld is "grandstanding."


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