Government Provides Grandma with Free Pot to Treat Glaucoma
A 72-year-old Eugene, Oregon woman has been getting 3½ pounds of free marijuana from the federal government every year since 1988. Elvy Musikka, who has sight-threatening glaucoma, is part of the “Compassionate New Drug Access Program.”
The program ended over 20 years ago, but the 72-year-old grandmother and three other patients in the US are still provided with conveniently pre-rolled joints that Musikka calls, “My green Pall Malls.” The marijuana is grown at the University of Mississippi.
A number of studies have established that smoking marijuana can reduce high intraocular eye pressure (the cause of glaucoma) just as well as prescription glaucoma medications such as latanoprost eye drops (also marketed as name brand Xalatan).
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