The federal government has agreed to allow Robert Randall, a District man who suffers from glaucoma, to have supervised access to marijuana, which Randall says relieves some of the symptoms of the potentially blinding eye disease.
Randall's regular marijuana supply was cut off several months ago when his ophthalmologist, who provided him with the drug under a government research program, moved out of the Washington area.
The settlement was reached this week in connection with a lawsuit that Randall had filed against the U.S. Randall, 30, contended in the suit that laws and policies regulating marijuana distribution denied him his constitutional right to his health.
Under the agreement, Randall's current eye doctor will be allowed to supply him with marijuana for at least two years through a Public Health Service pharmacy, according to court records and the U.S. Attorney's office. The drug is supplied to the pharmacy in connection with medical research projects sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Randall has agreed to drop his lawsuit against the government after three weeks if the marijuana supply program is carried out according to the agreement, court records said.