Irvin Rosenfeld receives his 300 pre-rolled marijuana joints monthly from a government-authorized farm in Mississippi in order to treat a rare bone-tumor disorder. He has smoked over 130,000 marijuana cigarettes in the past 32 years despite pot being classified as a top-tier hazard by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). His case and others are proof that the feds are total hypocrites when it comes to classifying marijuana properly. It has medical value, and it has no place being in the same category as cocaine and heroin.
Rosenfeld recently pleaded his case before a chamber filled with senators. He was addressing the Law and Justice Committee members, who are considering a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Rosenfeld is also actively lobbying for the medical marijuana referendum in his own state.
“I’m living proof of the hypocrisy of the federal government,” says Rosenfeld, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Polls show that at least 66% of the state’s voters (Florida) favor legalization, but he worries that a reelection victory by Republican Gov. Rick Scott could derail the momentum lawful marijuana has already gained.
“Scott will do the same thing as [Gov.] Christie did in New Jersey,” he said in an interview, adding thatoverly strict regulations have excluded many sick people from getting access to cannabis. “We’ll end up with only four dispensaries around the state and only three strains that are allowed.”
Rosenfeld is one of two federal medical marijuana patients nationwide. Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, a sponsor of the bill in Harrisburg, had invited him to testify. Folmer said he wanted the committee to be educated about medical marijuana.
After Rosenfeld spoke, Folmer asked, incredulously, how the federal government could simultaneously classify marijuana as a “schedule I drug [with] no medicinal use” that’s not even worth testing, and still supply it to him for medical reasons.
Rosenfeld was able to gain access to cannabis through the Compassionate Investigative New Drug program in 1982. He was then grandfathered in when the program was shut down a decade later. This is how he has continued to smoke marijuana cigarettes to control his bone disease – all with the government’s blessing.
Rosenfeld also states that he never gets high, though he smokes ten joints a day. He says that his body seems to consume cannabis as a pain reliever, muscle relaxant, and anti-inflammatory agent. This – after 32 years of experience using cannabis. How many years of medical testing do most FDA approved drugs undergo?
Marijuana is also a powerful pain reducer for people with varying disease. One commenter to the article, which originally outlined Rosenfeld’s case, pointed out that he has neuropathy and has to take a 12-hour extended release morphine pill just to make it through the day along with several other medications, which cause severe side effects. Marijuana would supply countless individuals with an effective alternative to these often-prescribed pharmaceuticals.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.