Sarasota, Florida - Robert Randall, whose landmark court case launched the medical marijuana movement in America, died on June, 2, 2001. He was 53.
Randall made legal and medical history in 1976 when a federal court in Washington, D.C. ruled that his use of marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma was a medical necessity. This marked the first time that the common law concept of necessity was applied to a medical condition.
At the same time, Randall successfully petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to use marijuana legally.