The book by the 4th remaining (out of 13 total) federal medical marijuana patient entitled My Medicine — How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Provide My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement is worth buying and reading.
Yes, you read that right, federal medical marijuana patient. Meaning the federal government not only sanctions his use, but actually sends him a canister of a few hundred marijuana cigarettes a little less than once per month, as medicine. You can see one such canister (and Irv himself) in the photograph on the right.
As you can see on the page I link to, Irv will even sign it for you.
Even if you are familiar with the history of marijuana, or medical marijuana, there is something to be learned from Irv’s book. He was a normal kid, he played baseball, worshipped in his synagogue and participated in its activities. The parts you will find the most interesting and fun are the times when he is confronted by bullies looking to intimidate him and push him around, like whenever he travels by airplane.
However, there is much that drug policy reformers (and many others) are very familiar with, namely government stalling, red tape, mean-spirited career criminals (various govt. employees), cowardly government officials who know the truth but are intimidated by thugs, and other Drug War shenanigans and outright fraud.
What I liked the most throughout the book was it was full of victories. Unlike some Hollywood movies where the hero is beaten down, then kicked while he’s down, then kicked some more, and his (or her) situation only gets worse, until the end where the hero is finally vindicated and the antagonists finally receive their comeuppance and are shamed in the various ways they’ve been shaming the innocents, Irv’s book has many such episodes.
Make no mistake, Mr. Rosenfeld is often mistreated and treated badly, but you don’t have to wait for the end of the book for him to be vindicated and have a smile on your face.
I guess one could say all those episodes in his life are but microcosms, small parts of an identical fractal that mirrors the larger effort to end cannabis prohibition.
His book was a pleasure to read, but he is also on Dean's radio shows (see top right of this page) where you can hear him describe himself some more as well as keep us abreast of how he continues to try to make people’s lives better. I also had the pleasure of speaking to him personally, he took some time out of his busy day to chat with me and I continued to feel confident he’s as friendly and as nice a guy as he sounds in his book and on-air with Reverend Becker.
If the Drug War has you down, I encourage you to read Irv’s book — not because of the lame “you think you have it bad” line where people try to lift your spirits by making you glad that your suffering is less than other people’s suffering — but read it because of the educational value with regard to medical marijuana as well as the many smiles you will have saying “YES!!!” as Irv confounds the unbelievers who say he has no right to smoke cannabis to make him feel better.