Some years ago, I happened to catch a TV debate on medical marijuana that puzzled me. The panel’s medical marijuana advocate was a stock broker who was smoking 10 joints or so of marijuana daily for a rare genetically acquired medical condition. I was amazed anyone could operate normally, much less be a successful stock broker smoking 10 joints daily.
Meet Irvin Rosenfeld, a South Florida financial consultant and stock broker who openly smokes 10 or so joints daily without legal harassment in a state that still hasn’t approved marijuana for medical use.
He smokes that much pot with impunity and has done so for over three decades. It is even provided by the U.S. Government, the same government that considers all use of marijuana illegal and has jailed pot smokers ruthlessly for decades.
He’s a successful stock broker and financial consultant of 36 years, married with kids, and living well in the Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida. He also teaches sailing on weekends as a Shake-A- Leg Miami volunteer.
Does this strike you as someone who claims to have smoked more pot than anyone, including college days and his over 115,000 official documented joints during his lifetime and continues as a very vocal activist for promoting medical marijuana?
About Irvin Rosenfeld
Irvin was diagnosed for hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) at the age of 10. It’s very rare and usually discovered before the age of 12. It involves little bumps or nodules that occur on long bones, which often ignite pain by irritating surrounding tissue. As a child he was subjected to some surgery and other medical treatments with pharmaceuticals that did little for his condition, especially the pain.
By 1971, while in college, Irvin finally discovered his potent palliative medicine – marijuana. He continued using it, but he didn’t want to be an outlaw while pursuing a financial career. And he wanted the pain and anti-inflammatory relief for his HME, as well as continued maintenance for a genetic thyroid condition called pseudohypoparathyroidism (PHP).
So he began petitioning the government to qualify under a “compassionate protocol” that supplied glaucoma and cancer patients with cannabis from the FDA’s Investigational New Drug Program. Irvin succeeded, and began receiving marijuana cigarettes grown and processed from federal government sources in 1982. He was the second patient to be admitted under the compassionate protocol guidelines.
He was once busted in Orlando, Florida a year after starting the program. But after being quickly released, Irvin carried documentation proving his legal status. However, in 1992, the Investigational New Drug Program was disbanded. That was the source of medical marijuana he wanted to keep in order to not be a criminal.
It’s rare that someone is able to stand up to the Feds without having his family and home surrounded by paramilitary police. But Irvin has managed to maintain his legal status for medical marijuana in a non-medical marijuana state. He has survived the longest among the remaining four from the original handful of compassionate protocol recipients who still receive nicely packed marijuana cigarettes after 28 years.
He has also testified before state governments considering legalizing medical marijuana. How he’s managed all this is revealed in his book, My Medicine. Here’s his website.
“I don’t know that I’ve broken a record, but I’ve certainly set one. No one else in the world can document having smoked 115,000 cannabis cigarettes – let alone the ones I smoked before that. I’m living proof that medical cannabis is real medicine. We need to get medicine in the hands of patients who really need it,” Irvin stated.
Not only that, but his long tenure as a family man, stock broker, and charitable organization volunteer counters the image so many still hold for those who use marijuana in any capacity.