Guest, Irvin Rosenfeld

Guest Name: 
Irvin Rosenfeld
Irvin Rosenfeld, Medical Marijuana Patient, Stockbroker, Bone Tumor Survivor and Author
Guest Occupation: 
Medical Marijuana Patient, Stockbroker, Bone Tumor Survivor, Author
Guest Biography: 

Mr. Rosenfeld's story in his testimony before the State of Michigan Committee on Government Operations on Tuesday November 28th, 2006: "I appreciate coming to the great state of Michigan. My name is Irvin Rosenfeld and I am the longest surviving Federal Medical Marijuana patient in the United States. There are five patients currently in the country and there will only be five because the Bush Administration shut down the program in 1992.

I have severe a bone disorder. This caused bone tumors to grow all throughout my body, growing into the muscles and the veins. As a teenager, I had many operations. I was using all kinds of drugs and I was an advocate against marijuana in the late 1960's. Why would a healthy person use an illegal drug when I would hold up my baggie (of pills) and say look at what I have to take, be thankful you're healthy.

I went to college in Miami in 1971 and there, against peer pressure, I tried marijuana and it did nothing to me. I didn't get high, it did nothing to me. People around me were getting high, I thought they were self inducing it. About the tenth time I did it, I sat and played a game of chess for 30 minutes and I hate chess. I used to have trouble sitting and I sat for 30 minutes. That was the first time in 5 years I did that. I had morphine, I had Quaalude, these were all prescription. It dawned on me that I hadn't taken a pill for about 6 hours. This was the first time I had done that in 5 years."