Delta Airlines refused to allow legal federal patient to fly

My name is Irvin Rosenfeld and, for the past 18 years, I have been one of
seven patients in the U.S. to legally receive medical cannabis from the
federal government.

On March 26, 2001, Delta Airlines refused to allow me to fly to Washington
D.C. on a reserved ticket to attend oral argument at the United States
Supreme Court for a case involving medical cannabis issues, allegedly
because I was carrying my prescribed medicine (cannabis). Even though I
gave Delta advance notice of my situation and showed a representative my
prescription for medical cannabis, I was told that I would not be permitted
on Delta’s plane because I did not have permission to carry my medicine
from each state that we were to fly over. Delta further informed me that
this decision was made by its lawyers, but I was not allowed to speak with
the Delta lawyers before I was summarily kicked off my flight and forced to
book a last-minute flight on another airline, at great expense and
inconvenience to myself.

This was the first time in 18 years that any airline refused to allow me to
fly with my federally prescribed medicine, and I had previously flown Delta
on numerous occasions after disclosing that I would be carrying my medicine
on the plane.

Since I was not allowed to speak to the Delta lawyers when this incident
occurred, I intend to pursue my legal rights and remedies under the
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), which prohibits public
transportation providers from imposing unreasonable barriers to the use of
their services by handicapped individuals such as myself. See 42 U.S.C. 12184.

On August 15, 2001, at 10:30 a.m., I, along with my attorney, Christopher
C. Sharp, will be holding a press conference at Mr. Sharp’s office to
inform everyone, including Delta Airlines, how we intend to proceed in this
matter. We will attempt to resolve the issues without legal action, but if
it becomes necessary to institute litigation, we will not hesitate to do
so. I understand that people may have strong feelings and disagreements
about the medical use of cannabis, but Delta’s actions in this case were an
insult to all Americans who suffer from disabilities.

For further in information you can contact myself or Christopher C. Sharp,
Esq., whose office address is Christopher C. Sharp, P.A., International
Building, 2455 East Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 807, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33304. We can also be reached at the following numbers:

Christopher C. Sharp, Esq.: (954) 563-7374 (office)
(954) 205-5857 (cellular)
(954) 401-9156 (cellular for Mr. Sharp’s assistant, Lori

Irvin Rosenfeld: (954) 749-2444 (cellular)
(800) 255-1943 (work)

Before forwarding the press release above, I checked around a little and
found the following contact info for Delta:

Delta Air Lines, Inc.
P.O. Box 20706
Atlanta, Georgia 30320-6001

I used the following webform to write a protest:

And I found the following webpage where they clearly say that they take
care of our disabled patients, in contrast to what actually happened:



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