Saturday In Denver: Meet The Man Who’s Smoked 115,000 Joints


Photo: Irvin Rosenfeld/
The great Irv Rosenfeld, shown here with a tin of 300 federal joints, has smoked thousands of doobs — all of which he got from the federal government — since 1982.

‚ÄčFederal Marijuana Patient Irv Rosenfeld To Speak In The Mile High City

Irvin Rosenfeld is one of my personal heroes. One of only four surviving medical marijuana patients in the U.S. who receive cannabis legally from the federal government, Irv also unofficially holds the world record for smoking more joints (documented through his medical records) — 115,000 — than any other human being. (Just putting you on notice, Irv — I’m doing all I can to catch up with you.)

Rosenfeld will be in Denver for a speaking engagement and book signing this Saturday, November 13, at the Oriental Theatre in Denver at 3 p.m.

Irv, a successful 57-year-old stockbroker from south Florida, smokes federal marijuana to relieve chronic pain and muscle spasms caused by a rare and excruciating bone disease.
When he was only 10, doctors discovered that his skeleton was riddled with more than 200 tumors, due to a condition known as multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis. Having survived six surgeries, he still lives with scores of tumors in his bones.
After a long struggle with the federal government, Rosenfeld won the right to access medical marijuana in 1982. Thirteen people with debilitating conditions were allowed into the Compassionate Investigative New Drug (IND) program to receive marijuana from the federal government.
President George H.W. Bush heartlessly discontinued the program in 1992 when it became clear that hundreds of HIV/AIDS patients needed medicinal cannabis and were about to qualify for IND status.
But the original patients were grandfathered in, and Irv, along with three other survivors, still receives 300 joints every 25 days from the federal government. Federal cannabis is grow by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the government pot farm, located at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
Next time some nimrod starts quoting federal government propaganda about marijuana not having any medical uses, remind them that the federal government has been giving out free medical marijuana for 28 years.
Irv’s book is called My Medicine: How I Convinced The Federal Government To Provide My Marijuana And Helped Launch A National Movement. The book will be available for for purchase and will be signed by the author.
The event is free and open to the public. And with Christmas on the way, Irv’s book would make a great holiday gift for the patient on your list.
Who: Irvin Rosenfeld
What: Speech and Book Signing
Where: Oriental Theatre, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, CO
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 3-5:30 p.m.