Irvin is a 57 year-old successful stockbroker from South Florida. He uses medical cannabis to relieve chronic pain and muscle spasms caused by a rare bone disease.
When Irvin was 10, doctors discovered that his skeleton was riddled with more than 200 tumors, due to a condition known as Multiple Congenital Cartilaginous Exostosis. Despite six operations, he still lives with scores of tumors in his bones.
Irvin Rosenfeld is one of only 4 medical cannabis patients in the country that receive cannabis legally from the federal government.
This year Mr. Rosenfeld celebrated his 28th anniversary in this unique program last Saturday, November, 20 2010, breaking his own record by smoking his 120,000th joint.
After a long struggle with the federal government, Irv Rosenfeld won the right to access medical cannabis in 1982. Thirteen people with debilitating conditions were allowed into the Compassionate Investigative New Drug (IND) Program to receive federally-grown medical cannabis.
In 1992, President George Bush discontinued the program, but Irvin still receives 9 ounces of cannabis rolled into cigarettes every 25 days from the federal government. His medicine is grown by NIDA at the University of Mississippi. Over the 29 years in the program, Irv has received more than 120,000 medical cannabis cigarettes and is in good health because of it.
Mr. Rosenfeld will be speaking about the federal program and his participation in it at KushCon2 in Denver, CO December 17-19, 2010, as well signing his book, “My Medicine: How I Convinced the Federal Government to Provide My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement.”
Proceeds from the book help to cover expenses while traveling to educate people about medical cannabis and can be purchased through his website.