«Two Floridians get free marijuana for life — from the feds»
«In 1978, the United States started the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. It provides medicinal marijuana to people with serious health problems for life.
While the George H.W. Bush administration closed enrollment in 1992, people in this program are still receiving monthly shipments.
The FDA would not say how many people who joined this program are still living. We found records leading to four, including two people in Florida: Irvin Rosenfeld and Elvy Musikka.»
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Irvin Rosenfeld Has Received Over 115,000 Joints from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
«When Rosenfeld began receiving marijuana from the federal government in 1982, he became the second patient to benefit under a narrowly defined “compassionate protocol” that supplied glaucoma and cancer patients with cannabis until the Federal Drug Administration’s Investigational New Drug Program was disbanded a decade later.
Today, Rosenfeld is one of only four patients who continue to receive weed from the federal government. He is the longest surviving member of the program.»
Irvin Rosenfeld HB 5470 Michigan Medical Marijuana
«The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) stated the following in a Jan. 1998 report titled “Provision of Marijuana and Other Compounds for Scientific Research – Recommendations of the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Advisory Council,” available on the NIDA website:
“The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) administers a contract with the University of Mississippi to grow cannabis for research purposes and is the only legal source for cannabis [marijuana] in the United States.
NIDA also supplies cannabis to seven patients under single patient so-called ‘compassionate use’ Investigational New Drug Applications (IND). In 1978, as part of a lawsuit settlement by the Department of Health and Human Services, NIDA began supplying cannabis to patients whose physicians applied for and received such an USID from the FDA. In 1992 the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] terminated this practice, but decided that NIDA should continue to supply those patients who were receiving cannabis at the time.
NIDA has overseen the farm since the institute’s inception in 1974. NIDA’s predecessor, National Institutes of Mental Health, founded a drug supply program in 1968 to provide researchers with the compounds necessary to conduct biomedical research and cannabis was among the first substances to be made available. They ‘provide a contamination-free source of cannabis material with consistent and predictable potency’ (as per NIDA, 1-98) for biomedical research.
The University of Mississippi has the option to grow either 1.5 or 6.5 acres of cannabis per year or to not grow any, depending on demand.
Generally (as of January 1998) 1.5 acres are grown in alternate years which can typically produce 50,000-60,000 cigarettes per year of three grades of potencies [strength 1: 3-4% THC; strength 2: 1.8-2.2% THC; strength 3: placebo, as close to 0% THC as possible]. Virtually all of the nearly 65,000 cigarettes produced between 1994-1996 were for single patients.
As of March 1997 there were 278,100 cigarettes in stock which are maintained in frozen storage for up to five years.”»
«During the last 32 years, stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld has smoked 130,000 marijuana cigarettes – with the federal government’s blessing.
As jaws dropped in a Harrisburg legislative chamber filled with state senators, Rosenfeld made the remark Tuesday and then held up a silver canister containing 300 pre-rolled joints, a month’s supply.
He continues to receive the canisters from a government-authorized farm in Mississippi to help treat a rare bone-tumor disorder. This despite the drug’s classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a top-tier hazardous substance with no medicinal value.
“I’m living proof of the hypocrisy of the federal government,” Rosenfeld, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., told the Law and Justice Committee, which is considering a bill to legalize medical marijuana […]
Rosenfeld is one of two federal medical marijuana patients nationwide […]
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.»