Although many people may think that the medical marijuana movement started with Proposition 215, the voter-approved initiative that passed in California in 1996, the movement began back in the 1970s. After Robert Randall sued the federal government for the medicine that alleviated his glaucoma symptoms, a series of medical marijuana research programs were established nationally and in various states.
Now Randall’s widow, Alice O’Leary-Randall — who has often been called the First Lady of Medical Marijuana — has published a newly-edited edition of the book that tells the story of the Randalls and the rollicking ride that the couple took through the early days of the movement that has now spawned an industry.
With a highly-readable and entertaining narrative style, the book recounts how Robert was able to become “the only legal pot smoker in America” through a federal Investigational New Drug (IND) program.
Editor’s Note: The author of this review is Ellen Komp. Ellen Komp is a longtime hemp/marijuana activist and author. Currently the deputy director of California NORML, for the past 12 years she has gathered information about prominent cannabis connoisseurs at her website, VeryImportantPotheads.com. She has contributed articles and op-eds to various publications such as Cannabis Now Magazine, High Times, In These Times, Alternet and Cannabis Culture.