Federal Marijuana Patient: I’m Living Proof Cannabis Works


Irvin Rosenfeld, 59, has received 300 joints a month from the U.S. federal government for almost 30 years

Irvin Rosenfeld Will Appear in Concord At Tuesday Morning, May 8 Press Conference
Irvin Rosenfeld, one of four patients who still receive medical marijuana from the U.S. federal government as part of the Compassionate Investigative New Drug (IND) Program (a little-known program that was closed to new applicants in 1992), will visit Concord, N.H., on Tuesday, May 8, for a press conference in support of medical marijuana bill SB 409.
The press conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building. Rosenfeld will also meet with elected officials.
Rosenfeld, 59, has suffered since childhood from a rare bone disorder known as multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis. He recently published a book called My Medicine: How I Convinced The U.S. Government To Provide My Marijuana And Helped Launch A National Movement.

For almost 30 years, Rosenfeld, who says he is living proof that medical marijuana works, has received approximately nine ounces of cannabis per month — in the form of 300 pre-rolled joints — from the U.S. government. A senior vice president at an investment firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Irv has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 38 years.

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Sen. Jim Forsythe: “It’s hypocritical for the federal government to have its own medical marijuana program, but to then say states shouldn’t protect their own seriously ill citizens”

Rosenfeld will be joined at the press conference by bill sponsors Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford) and Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster), as well as patients from various New Hampshire cities and towns.
Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, said Rosenfeld is enthusiastic about the opportunity to share his story in hopes of convincing senators to support SB 409.
The medical marijuana bill has passed the House with a veto-proof majority of 236-96, but support from three additional senators is needed to override an expected veto.
“Some opponents of SB 409 say federal law needs to change before New Hampshire law can change, but Irvin Rosenfeld’s life story provides startling proof that the federal government has long been impervious to change,” Simon said.
“It’s hypocritical for the federal government to have its own medical marijuana program, but to then say state’s shouldn’t protect their own seriously ill citizens,” Sen. Forsythe added.
“Irvin Rosenfeld’s visit will assist my colleagues and I as we continue our education on two related subjects: medical marijuana and the astonishing obstinacy of U.S. government agencies that have stood in the way7 of scientific progress on this issue,” Sen. Forsythe said.
What: Medical marijuana press conference
When: 9:30 a.m. EST, Tuesday, May 8
Where: Lobby of the Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord, N.H.
Who: • Irvin Rosenfeld, federal medical marijuana patient
         • Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Stafford)
         • Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster)
         • Matt Simon, legislative analyst, Marijuana Policy Project
         • Patients from around New Hampshire