Stockbroker with bone disease claims smoking 130,000 government-issued joints over 30 years has saved his life

By HELEN COLLIS

Patient Irvin Rosenfield, pictured four years ago, campaigns for the legalisation of medical cannabis. He is taking his story to Kentucky lawmakers next week

Patient Irvin Rosenfield, pictured four years ago, campaigns for the legalisation of medical cannabis. He is taking his story to Kentucky lawmakers next week

A stockbroker with a crippling bone disease who has smoked more than 130,000 joints in his lifetime credits the relaxing drug for his long life.

Irvin Rosenfeld, 60, says he would not be alive if he hadn’t been issued with 12 daily government-supplied marijuana cigarettes for more than 30 years, for the treatment of the rare bone disorder, multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis.

Mr Rosenfeld, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the longest surviving patient to be assigned to the federal medical cannabis program, which began during the HIV epidemic in the 1970s, and is sharing his experience with lawmakers in a push to get it legalised.

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