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Federal Marijuana Patient Announces Colorado Tour Schedule


Irv RosenfeldBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

The federal government of the United States has been telling its citizens for years that marijuana has no medical value. And the federal government is lying — according to the federal government.

It’s enough to make your head explode, but that’s the way things are in Drug War America. A handful of seriously ill patients have received free medical marijuana from the U.S. federal government for almost 30 years, even as that same government says cannabis is a Schedule I drug with a high potential for abuse and no known medicinal applications.

The existence of Irvin Rosenfeld and the other three surviving federal medical marijuana patients in the U.S. puts the lie to the official government position. These patients are part of the Compassionate Investigative New Drug program, which unfortunately hasn’t accepted any new enrollees since the first Bush Administration, due to political pressure.

Portsmouth, Virginia native Rosenfeld, who now lives in Florida, has been smoking 10 to 12 joints of marijuana every day for more than 28 years — a grand total of more than 123,000 joints. But rather than adopting the attitude of “I got mine” and being afraid to speak out for the rights of other patients, Irv — who uses marijuana to treat severe bone disorder called multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis — has bravely chosen the path of public advocacy.

“As patients and providers, we need to always put our best effort into showing cannabis in a respectable manner,” Rosenfeld said. “While I am not against any use of this plant, my battle for the last 40 years has been for patients and trying my best to educate others of its medical use.”

Cannabis works for Irv as a muscle relaxant, as an anti-inflammatory, as an analgesic, and has kept his tumors — which he has on the ends of most long bones of his body — from growing for more than 37 years, according to Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld takes marijuana smoke breaks from his stockbroker job several times a day, smoking in his car in the parking lot.

His office shares a building with the regional headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration, but Irv has nothing to fear from the federal government — because that’s where he gets his weed.

Irv tells his story in the book 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 video about the book there, and the e-book version is available on Kindle.

Rosenfeld, who has appeared in hundreds of news stories all over the world, will be telling his unique story on a Colorado book tour November 16-20.

On the night of November 19, Irv and his guests will be having an anniversary party celebrating his 29 years of receiving “meds from the Feds,” according to booking agent Hiedi Handford.

If you would like Rosenfeld to visit your place of business in the Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs or Northeastern areas, you can contact Handford at CoConnectMe@gmail.com or call 720-326-6577 for booking information.

The following facilities and dates have already been booked:

Wednesday, November 16, Denver:

5-6:30 p.m., ACT 4 CO, 303-355-4378

Thursday, November 17, Boulder:

120-1:30 p.m., Boulder Kind Care, 2031 16th Street

Friday, November 18, Colorado Springs:

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannabis Therapeutics, 907 E. Filmore, 719-633-7124

1-2:30 p.m., Natural Mystic Cannabis Care, 416 E. Colorado Ave., Suite 101

3-4:30 p.m., Bijou Wellness Center, 2132 E. Bijou Street #114, 719-465-2407

5-6:30 p.m., 2815 #D N. El Paso Street, 719-344-5021

7-9 p.m., Dinner Party, Warehouse Restaurant, 25 W. Cimarron Ave.

Saturday, November 19, Denver:

12-1:30 p.m., The Giving Tree, 2707 W. 38th Ave.

2-3:30 p.m., Lotus Medical, 1444 Wazee Street #15

4-5:30 p.m., BotanaCare, 11450 Cherokee Street, Unit A7, Northglenn, CO

Sunday, November 20, Denver:

12-1:30 p.m., Alternative Wellness Center, 2647 W. 38th Ave.

2-3:30 p.m., Patients Plus, 4493 N. Washington Street

4-6 p.m., iVita Wellness, 1660 Pearl Street

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.


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  1. Malcolm Kyle do you have a Twitter feed or something similar that compiles all your valuable insight? I’d be interested in making a twitter acct just to follow you…

    Anyway, any chance Mr. Rosenfeld is making any stops near Detroit MI? I’d love to meet him in person and hear what he has to say.

    Thanks weedblog! You rock!

  2. An appeal to Prohibitionists:

    Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, ‘no matter what.’ So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these ‘at present’ illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only with those poor wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown.

    Even if you cannot stand the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and over a trillion dollars on this dangerous farce. Practically everybody is now aware that Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. So why do you wish to continue with it? Do you actually think you may have something to lose If we were to start basing drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard, or a local politician who’s scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, kick-backs or those regular fat bribes? But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies and marauding thugs brandishing gold-plated AK-47s?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your ghastly prohibition-engendered mayhem!

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

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