Medical marijuana from the feds? Meet Irvin Rosenfeld, whose MMJ is supplied by U.S. gov't

The differences between the federal government's marijuana laws and MMJ rules in Colorado are vast. Ask Chris Bartkowicz, who faces years in prison for growing cannabis he said was for medical purposes. So why are the feds supplying Irvin Rosenfeld almost 300 marijuana cigarettes every 25 days? He'll explain during an appearance in Denver this weekend.

As noted in the Cannabis Therapy Institute release, Rosenfeld won the right to use marijuana medically way back in 1982, and while rule changes have been made since then, his access has been grandfathered. He's reportedly among just four people in the country to have this right, as he explains in his new book, My Medicine.

Rosenfeld will promote this tome during a free talk and book-signing on Saturday afternoon at the Oriental Theatre. Get details from the aforementioned release, on view below along with a video of Rosenfeld.

Cannabis Therapy Institute release:

Federal Marijuana Patient Promotes Book in Denver

Denver -- Irvin Rosenfeld is one of only 4 medical marijuana patients in the country that receive cannabis legally from the federal government. Irv will be in Denver for a speaking engagement and book signing on Sat., Nov. 13 at the Oriental Theatre in Denver at 3:00pm.

Irv is a 57 year-old successful stockbroker from south Florida. Irv smokes the marijuana to relieve chronic pain and muscle spasms caused by a rare bone disease. When he 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.

After a long struggle with the federal government, Irv 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 government-grown marijuana. In 1992, President George Bush discontinued the program, but Irv still receives almost 300 marijuana cigarettes every 25 days from the federal government. The cannabis is grown by NIDA at the University of Mississippi.

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 purchase and will be signed by the author.

Irvin Rosenfeld Talk and Book Signing Oriental Theatre 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm


Talk: 3:00pm to 4:00pm Book Signing: 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The event is FREE and open to the public.

The book makes a great HOLIDAY GIFT for the patient or advocate on your list.


The talk is sponsored by the Cannabis Therapy Institute Patient Advocacy Project. Click here to support CTI's mission of protecting patient's safe access to medicine:

More from our Marijuana archive: "Chris Bartkowicz, Highlands Ranch marijuana grower, not allowed to use medical defense."

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