Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Gustin Reichbach is raising a few eyebrows with his admission in a New York Times editorial on Thursday that he uses marijuana to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.
Medical marijuana has not been legalized in New York state. Judge Reichbach’s marijuana is illegally purchased by friends.
While judges are normally removed after its discovered that they’ve broken a law, it’s unclear whether Judge Reichbach will be disciplined for this infraction, or whether New York’s Commission on Judicial Conduct will turn a sympathetic blind eye. However, Judge Reichbach’s ability to try cases involving marijuana possession may now be in question due to the potential conflict presented by his editorial.
Judge Reichbach, whose chemotherapy treatments are accompanied by nausea, sleeplessness and loss of appetite, hopes to promote the legalization in New York State of medical marijuana through his confession.
In addition to helping cancer patients cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, medical marijuana is also given to patients with HIV/AIDS.
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