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Federal Medical Marijuana Patient Marks 30 Years Of Safe Use

Posted on November 19, 2012 by News Admin


On Tuesday, November 20, Florida stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld will celebrate 30 years of receiving 10-12 marijuana cigarettes a day from the United States federal government. Irv, 60, has now received and smoked more than 120,000 joints from the feds.

Rosenfeld -- the longest surviving of the final four federal medical cannabis patients from a program that was started in 1978 and stopped under President H. W. Bush -- and 13 others were "grandfathered" in what is called a "Compassionate Care Investigational New Drug" [IND] protocol.

"Even though I have a severe bone tumor disorder, I am in great health because of my cannabis use," Rosenfeld said. "The sad part is that the federal government either doesn't care or does not want to know how well I am."

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that declared that their citizens that need Cannabis for medical use are not criminals. That's more than 40 percent of the population.

Between 75 and 80 percent of the American people believe that physicians should have the right to use and prescribe medical cannabis in their practices. "When will the federal government take real responsibility for the cost of healthcare and do what's best for patients?" Rosenfeld asked.

"I am living proof that medical cannabis works," said Rosenfeld, author of My Medicine: How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Supply My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement, available at and on Kindle.  

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