|Federal medical marijuana patient Irv Rosenfeld with a tin of federal U.S. government joints. He receives 300 joints a month from the federal government.|
Whenever you hear anyone in the federal government, from the President to the Drug Czar down to the most insignificant bureaucrat, saying that cannabis has no medicinal value, remember that the federal government has been giving out free medical marijuana for almost 30 years.
Irvin Rosenfeld is the longest surviving of the four remaining federal medical marijuana patients in the United States. The Compassionate Investigative New Drug program hasn’t accepted any new patients since the first Bush administration, due to political pressure.
A native of Portsmouth, Virginia who now lives in Florida, Rosenfeld has been smoking 10 to 12 joints of cannabis a day for more than 28 years — a total of more than 123,000 joints.
Rosenfeld uses medical marijuana to treat a severe bone disorder called multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis and a variant of the syndrome pseudo pseudo hypothyroidism. Irv has bone tumors on the ends of most long bones of his body.
Cannabis works as a muscle relaxant, as an anti-inflammatory, as an analgesic and has kept his tumors from growing for more than 37 years, according to Rosenfeld.
Irv is the author of My Medicine: How I Convinced The U.S. Government to Provide My Marijuana And Helped Launch A National Movement, available at www.mymedicinethebook.com. You can view a one-minute promotional trailer about the book there, and the e-book version is available on Kindle.
Rosenfeld is a board member of Patients Out of Time, the only organization in the U.S. that is sanctioned by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association to teach doctors and nurses about medical cannabis and receive continuing education credits.
Irv has appeared in hundreds of news stories all over the country, including on network television. From state capitols to Congress itself, Irv has a unique story, and he’s not been afraid to speak out for other, less fortunate patients who no longer are allowed even to apply for the federal medical marijuana program.
Who: Federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld
What: Talk by Irv with Q&A (Facebook event page)
When: 7 p.m., Friday, September 30
Where: Kerouac Cafe, 617 35th Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
For more information call the Naro Cinema office at (757) 625-6275 or Kerouac’s at (757) 625-8600.