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In a time where advocates across the nation are working to legalize marijuana for therapeutic purposes, the idea of government-provided cannabis might seem like a dream come true. But for Florida resident Irvin Rosenfeld and Florida native Elvy Musikka, that dream is actually a reality!

The Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program

Rosenfeld and Musikka are two of the three remaining members of a now-discontinued, little-known government entity called the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program. In 1978, this program began providing medical marijuana to people with serious chronic health conditions, thanks to the relentless advocacy of a man named Robert Randall (who also used medical marijuana to control the pain caused by his glaucoma).

While the program was discontinued in 1992 under the first Bush administration’s crackdown on drugs, the government continued to supply IND members with cannabis cigarettes “for compassionate reasons,” according to Steven Gust of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Fort Lauderdale Resident Gets Free Marijuana

About every 30 days, Irvin Rosenfeld goes to his local pharmacy in Fort Lauderdale to pick up an unusual medication: a large metal tin filled with pre-rolled cannabis cigarettes (300 to be exact!). Rosenfeld developed a condition called multiple congenital cartilaginous exocytosis when he was ten years old. Described as a rare medical disorder that causes lumps and spurs of bone to grow out from the skeleton, the condition often results in excruciating pain, limited mobility, and uneven growth of the limbs. While the bony tumors are not necessarily cancerous, they can be fatal.

Rosenfeld had difficulty managing the symptoms of his condition and underwent several surgeries and assorted medication to control the pain. It wasn’t until Rosenfeld stumbled upon marijuana in college that he realized its benefits for his pain and inflammation. The current stockbroker now smokes on average ten cannabis cigarettes a day and has become a lifelong advocate for medicinal use of marijuana.

How Hollywood, FL Native Qualified for Free Cannabis

On the other side of the country, Elvy Musikka – a former Hollywood, Florida resident who now resides in Oregon – uses medical marijuana to treat her glaucoma. This condition increases the pressure in her eyes, which presses on the optic nerve. The optic nerve is essential for vision and damaging it can eventually lead to blindness. The condition cannot be reversed, so any damage done stays with the patient for life.

Due to her cannabis use, Musikka has preserved vision in one of her eyes. Several studies have found that marijuana can help reduce the intraocular pressure of the eye to reduce the risk of further damage, as well as provide some level of pain relief for the condition. Musikka recognizes her odd status as a legal medical marijuana patient and understands that this is generally unheard of in much of law enforcement. She was recently pulled over in Oregon with her government-provided marijuana, much to the officer’s disbelief!

Where Are They Now?

Irvin Rosenfeld has been receiving shipments since 1982, making him the longest-surviving medical marijuana patient from the program. Rosenfeld has become a lifelong advocate for the benefits of medical marijuana. Beyond being a survivor of his debilitating bone disorder, Rosenfeld chairs an organization called Patients Out of Time – a medical marijuana advocacy group, whose name emphasizes the limited time that eligible patients may have.

Along with Elvy Musikka and another recipient of the program named George McMahon, Patients Out of Time works tirelessly to bring similar relief through medical marijuana to other Americans suffering from chronic and debilitating ailments. The organization seeks members of both healthcare and social/professional fields to join them in supporting therapeutic marijuana.

However, while the potential uses and benefits of medical marijuana are being increasingly recognized, it may be some time before you can expect a metal tin of cannabis from Uncle Sam to show up on at your doorstep!

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana

Thanks to advocates like Rosenfeld and Musikka, as well as advocacy groups like Patients Out of Time, the road to receiving medical marijuana is becoming smoother. CannaMD‘s board-certified physicians are committed to helping eligible patients realize the same benefits that Rosenfeld and Musikka identified many years ago.

To determine if you qualify for medical marijuana treatment, call CannaMD today at 1 (855) 420-9170. You can also fill out our easy online application to find out if you qualify!

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10 Comments

  1. I have a chronic debilitating disease that I know qualifies me for medical cannabis. But like so many other people that really need this medication. The cost of obtaining the proper credentials to purchase is almost impossible. It seems like the state and the medical profession is just in it for the money by the time you fully qualified the cost is almost $300. How about issuing the right to purchase on a compassionate basis?

    1. Hi Daniel! CannaMD is happy to offer veterans 10% off all appointments. Patients are also eligible to say $75 year by referring new patients! Unfortunately, the Florida Department of Health sets the annual card fee. Please feel free to give us a call at 1 (855) 420-9170 to discuss your options.

  2. Ahh… Why publish this statement about free cannabis through this program, if it’s been cancelled decades ago? Misleading

    1. Hi Carmen! We choose to share this story because Mr. Rosenfeld is still receiving free marijuana through the program and, given the recent changes in Florida legislation, his pioneering case has shifted back into the spotlight as a prime example of how marijuana patients and the government can work together to improve patient care for all residents.

  3. I don’t see why we have to pay all this money to get this medicine? I can go to my regular Dr. and get any meds except this one. They got to get their$$ first!! Always a scam!!! What do you you do if you live on disability?? They barely give you enough to live!! Now that’s compassionate!!!

  4. Definitely expensive to obtain and purchase but cheaper and better for your body then taking pills for pills for other pills #GoGreen

  5. I an 72 yrs old and on SS. Needless to say I don’t have much money but they want $250 for the first visit and $70 for 7 months each 7 months. Plus I was quoted street prices for the pot from CannaMD. So I can’t afford the cost even if I buy it on the street. Is the insurance company’s ever going to pick up the tab?

    1. Hi Doug! CannaMD doesn’t sell any medical marijuana products, so there may be some confusion about the prices. We do certify patients to receive their card (the $249 initial doctor visit); however, even with a medical marijuana card it’s illegal to purchase and/or use any products that aren’t sold from a licensed dispensary. We’re hopeful insurance companies will get on board in the near future!

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