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This Aug. 19, 2008 photograph released by the University of Mississippi Brand Photography Services shows Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly, who directs the federally sponsored medical marijuana operation in at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. For the past three decades, the federal government has been providing a handful of patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around. The program grew out of a 1976 court settlement that created the country’s first legal pot smoker.

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4 Americans get pot from US government

Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye. She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.

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