Boca Man Credits Medical Marijuana for His Health

Boca Man Credits Medical Marijuana for His Health
Posted by CN Staff on November 20, 2006 at 18:35:36 PT
By Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Source: Palm Beach Post 
Florida -- On Monday, Irvin Rosenfeld started his 25th year of smoking nearly a dozen joints a day. Getting busted is the least of his problems.His more than 200 bone tumors were supposed to continue to grow until they left him paralyzed or caused a clot to break loose and kill him. Without his"medicine," which he's received since 1982, "I definitely believe that would have happened by now," the stockbroker with offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale said Monday.
He is the longest surviving member of a group of 13 people, eight have since died, who, as early as the mid-1970s, began receiving marijuana from the federal government. They were given it for ailments ranging from glaucoma to multiple sclerosis to AIDS to the combination of maladies that has affected Rosenfeld, and no one else nationwide, since he was 10. He's the only one of the 13 able to lead an active life. And the tumors have not grown in 32 years."I feel fantastic," Rosenfeld said.A longtime national proponent of controlled medical use of cannabis, Rosenfeld is now writing a book, a combination of autobiography and advocacy. He hopes to have it out by the spring."No one asked for a devastating disease so they could use marijuana," Rosenfeld said.In response to telephone inquiries, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday forwarded an April 2006 press release in which it concluded that "no sound scientific studies supported medical use" and that FDA-approved alternatives exist.According to the advocacy group Patients Out of Time, Rosenfeld sits on its board, 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal use, and some three dozen states have allowed limited use, but the Drug Enforcement Administration has remained opposed. In 1982 and 1999, the group says, the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, found marijuana to be "moderately well suited for particular conditions." As a young adult, Rosenfeld bought pot wherever he could. Now the U.S. government grows marijuana on a farm in Mississippi and provides it in cans of 300 cigarettes. Rosenfeld has often said an effective cannabis pill would prevent a lot of hassles, and companies have created marijuana extracts and synthetic components of the drug, but none has been approved for use in the United States.Rosenfeld's book will detail his numerous difficulties. He was arrested while smoking on an Orlando balcony. He was detained while smoking at Walt Disney World. A policeman once pulled a gun on him. He was barred from a Delta flight; the federal government later ruled Delta was wrong but declined to penalize the airline. He was disqualified from a Chicago sailing regatta for the disabled because he was "doping." And as recently as June, he had to go without pot for four days when the Bahamian government wouldn't let him bring it to a weekend seminar. It was his longest stretch since a similar predicament in Canada in 1990."For the first 18 hours I did remarkably well," Rosenfeld said. "By the 36th hour I was hurting. I started popping pills; pain and muscle relaxant."Source: Palm Beach Post (FL)Author: Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post Staff WriterPublished: Monday, November 20, 2006Copyright: 2006 The Palm Beach PostContact: letters pbpost.comWebsite: Out of Time Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #14 posted by whig on November 21, 2006 at 20:20:57 PT
She's waking up too, you know. Cannabis wants to be free.
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Comment #13 posted by mayan on November 21, 2006 at 17:37:59 PT
What kind of folks would cage such innocent plants? Actually, I'll never understand the insane mentality of those who seek to seperate plants from people. Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone here also!
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on November 21, 2006 at 17:02:20 PT
It looks like the plants should hold up their buds and surrender. You know up against the wall!Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Comment #11 posted by mayan on November 21, 2006 at 16:55:14 PT
That picture makes it look like the cannabis is in the state pen! Free the weed! 
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Comment #10 posted by Truth on November 21, 2006 at 09:16:38 PT
I would think they use young recruits to nickel and dime it off in the French Quarter....
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 21, 2006 at 07:13:17 PT
Picture of the Mississippi Farm
What do they do with all of it?
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Comment #8 posted by doc james on November 21, 2006 at 05:59:48 PT:
IND program
I applaud Irv and the others, Elvy Musikka,(havent heard anything about her lately) for being able to continue to receive their medicine from the Gov. Irv is living proof that cannabis is a medicine! The gov on report from IOM says this plant is a medicine. I want to be able to get a can of nasty Umiss weed, why am I being denied this, am I not an american too, with same inalienable rights?
According to the gov I am not. fudgem...
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on November 20, 2006 at 22:01:58 PT
WoW & True Bottom Line
CN BC: PUB LTE: Attacks Unnecessary, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, (15 Nov 2006)
 CN BC: PUB LTE: Up In Cloud Of Smoke Over Marijuana Debate, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, (15 Nov 2006)
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 20, 2006 at 21:33:13 PT
Bravo for your hometown paper! 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 20, 2006 at 21:31:17 PT
That was a great article. What would Thanksgiving be without Alice's Restaurant.Here it is! Enjoy!You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant!
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Comment #4 posted by Wayne on November 20, 2006 at 21:06:56 PT
give it up for the PB Post
My hometown newspaper... I'm actually surprised that an article such as this even ended up in print. In fact, this is the first positive article about marijuana I recall seeing in this paper. Methinks they deserve a nice LTE. We just got a new Republican governor (same as the old Republican governor...) so I'm not holding my breath for any changes any time soon, but it was a nice breath of fresh air to see this article and I hope to see more like it.
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Comment #3 posted by Dankhank on November 20, 2006 at 21:02:01 PT
thanksgivin' comin'
what would it be without Alice ...
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on November 20, 2006 at 19:36:13 PT
yes Ma Irvin Rosenfeld has earned the right
to be on Larry KingNPR- the Diane Rehm Showhey why not Rushfor sure good ol Amy or her brother========================================================it s time for a complete study of how Cannabis helps these folks.and way passed time that good people and teachers like Ed Rosenthal must be allowed to test his vast understanding of this plant and which ones would be best for Irvin, so he no longer needs the State stuff and can be responsible for his own well being.-----------------------------------------------------anyone have a clue as to why two weeks ago the 13th Hemp Conference was just held in San Francisco and i have yet to read one story on what the new products are and how much ethanol can be made from just one acre -----now the record holder is Switch Grass at 1150 gals per acre.come on Jack Please send some one from the Hemp Industries here to keep us imformed zzzzzz
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on November 20, 2006 at 18:48:28 PT
Living Proof
Irvin Rosenfeld is living proof that the federal government has been lying about medical cannabis. Long live Irv!THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Powerful 9/11 Info Hits Prime-Time TV for First Time: academic: 9/11 report a fraud: FBI must correct disclosures on evacuation of Saudis after 9/11: Bond Film Highlights 9/11 Insider Trading: the Boston Tea Party for 9/11 Truth - 12/16/06:
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