MPP - Federal Medical Marijuana Patient Will Appear in Concord for Tuesday Morning Press Conference

Stockbroker Says He is Living Proof that Medical Marijuana Works

CONCORD — Irvin Rosenfeld, one of four patients who still receive medical marijuana from the U.S. government as part of the Compassionate Investigative New Drug (IND) Program (a little-known program that was closed to new applicants in 1992), will visit Concord Tuesday, May 8 for a press conference in support of SB 409 and meetings with elected officials. The press conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building.

            Rosenfeld, 59, has suffered since childhood from a rare bone disorder known as Multiple Congenital Cartilaginous Exostosis. He recently published a book called My Medicine: How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Provide my Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement.

            For nearly 30 years, Rosenfeld has received approximately nine ounces of marijuana per month from the U.S. government. He is Senior Vice President of Investments at an investment firm in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and he says he is living proof that medical marijuana works. Rosenfeld has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 38 years.

            Rosenfeld will be joined at the press conference by bill sponsors Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Strafford) and Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster), as well as patients from various New Hampshire cities and towns.

            Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, said Rosenfeld is enthusiastic about the opportunity to share his story in hopes of convincing senators to support SB 409. The bill has passed the House with a veto-proof majority of 236-96, but support from three additional senators will be needed to override an expected veto.

            “Some opponents of SB 409 say federal law needs to change before New Hampshire law can change, but Irvin Rosenfeld’s life story provides startling proof that the federal government has long been impervious to change,” Simon said.

            “It’s hypocritical for the federal government to have its own medical marijuana program, but to then say states shouldn’t protect their own seriously ill citizens,” Forsythe added.

            “Irvin Rosenfeld’s visit will assist my colleagues and I as we continue our education on two related subjects: medical marijuana and the astonishing obstinacy of U.S. government agencies that have stood in the way of scientific progress on this issue,” Forsythe concluded.

WHAT: Medical Marijuana Press Conference

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 8

WHERE: Lobby of the Legislative Office Building, 33 North State Street, Concord

WHO: - Irvin Rosenfeld, federal medical marijuana patient

            - Sen. Jim Forsythe (R-Stafford)

            - Rep. Evalyn Merrick (D-Lancaster)

            - Matt Simon, legislative analyst, Marijuana Policy Project

            - Patients from around the state


            The Marijuana Policy Project, the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States, is responsible for most state-level marijuana policy reforms passed since 2000. For more information, please visit