New York Judge Admits To Using Medical Marijuana To Relieve Pain From Cancer

Judge Gustin Reichbach of Brooklyn has written an extraordinary op-ed in the New York Times where he admits to breaking the law by using marijuana to relieve his suffering from Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. New York does not allow such use of marijuana and the Obama Administration has been cracking down with raids and arrests over the use of medical marijuana. Reichbach details how, with cancer treatment, “Nausea and pain are constant companions. ” As a result, “I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana.” But his admits that he came to rely on the drug and has added his voice to thousands who defend the use of medical marijuana. He is a justice of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

Cancer patients have long said that marijuana was the only drug that relieved the worst symptoms of cancer treatments. My wife has told me that her mother took medical marijuana as she was dying from breast cancer and said that the drug had a significant impact on reducing her pain and discomfort.

Reichbach writes:

“Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep. The oral synthetic substitute, Marinol, prescribed by my doctors, was useless. Rather than watch the agony of my suffering, friends have chosen, at some personal risk, to provide the substance. I find a few puffs of marijuana before dinner gives me ammunition in the battle to eat. A few more puffs at bedtime permits desperately needed sleep.”

His account is an important attention to the thousands of other medical marijuana users in this country. Obama’s prosecution of suppliers of medical marijuana and pressure on states that have decriminalized the use of the drug is nothing short of shameful. He has shocked many by his aggressive campaign against those states and his Administration’s expansion of medical marijuana prosecutions. Efforts to stop the raids by Obama Administration have been made in Congress but the Administration has successfully opposed such moves. While once promising to stop the raids and reduce prosecutions, the Administration has reversed course and is now conducting an all-out efforts against medical marijuana. Obama has been described as ” to the right of Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Ronald Reagan and even George W. Bush on this issue.” Even Rick Perry defended the right of the states to allow medical marijuana.

Judge Reichbach’s account should be reading for every member of Congress, particularly his insistence that “[t]his is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue.”

I find it bizarre that so much effort has been expended against people using marijuana to relieve their pain. We have no problem loading them up with far more powerful drugs like morphine but prosecute them for using marijuana. When you have cancer, like Judge Reichbach and say that it helps you, I am inclined to be happy that it brings you relief. Thousands of sick people have stated that it brings them relief and yet the Obama Administration continues to waste resources and money to try to cut off their ability to use the drug. Now that is the definition of “Reefer Madness.”

As for Judge Gustin Reichbach, there will likely be calls for his removal from the bench as an admitted drug user and presumptive criminal. How do you think the bar should react? It would seem that there is a basis for prosecutors to ask for his recusal on drug cases. Would you agree that he should recuse himself from all drugs or just marijuana case or no cases?

Here is his background:

Reichbach received his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1970.[1]
Legal career

Reichbach began his career in 1972 as private practice lawyer in New York. He worked in this capacity until 1990 and also practiced law in California from 1974 to 1976. From 1972 to 1974, he was also an instructor at Brooklyn College and, in 1974 and 1975, he served as Counsel to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. His judicial career began in 1991 when he joined the New York City Civil Court of Kings County. He was then elected to the Supreme Court in 1999. Additionally, he served in 2003 as an International Judge for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and was a Permanent Member of the Kosovo Supreme Court in 2004.

Source: New York Times as first seen on ABA Journal.

71 thoughts on “New York Judge Admits To Using Medical Marijuana To Relieve Pain From Cancer

  1. How about decriminalizing the damn stuff….. I bet the need for 90% of the LEO would drop…….

    Noteworthy article…..

  2. The judg should recuse himself from any drug cases. Kudos to hom for being honest about th medicinal uses of marijuana. My prayers for his recovery. Pancreatic cancer is nasty stuff.

  3. The War on Drugs finds another casualty and common sense takes another body blow. We spend $500.00 per second (2010 figures) on this Puritanical assault on personal preference and what have we got to show for it? Broken families, organized crime running the black markets and destabilizing neighboring countries, and a sense of powerlessness as we battle a force that may not emanate from our own free will … whatever that is.

  4. “Obama’s prosecution of suppliers of medical marijuana and pressure on states that have decriminalized the use of the drug is nothing short of shameful.”

    I wish the Obama administration were as eager to prosecute the crooks of Wall Street.

  5. Messpo and AY sum it up for me.

    Wonder what Obama will do when Michelle needs help.

    And has JT waited for a judge to call for sense? Doubt it, it must have been discussed here before.

  6. Does anyone know which states I can get palliative marijuana, the smoking kind? Any?

    As for Obama, he’s rising higher and higher on the hate scale. Every day he’s got a new “change” for us.

    And is there a “fair” non-political source which evaluates
    Obama’s known actions. Excluding nat.sec. and covert of coourse.

  7. “The Drug War Industry” is supplemented by religious puritans who willingly stamp out anything that hints at human pleasure. I smoked marijuana for twenty consecutive years, before my marriage and children made the risk of criminal prosecution, outweigh the benefits of use. It induces a state of mild euphoria, allows one some self insight and certainly helps a person sleep at night. Its benefit for cancer patients has long been known. Its continued illegality is in itself a crime.

  8. Self confession time:

    Of my six spread occasions, only one produced a “dangerous” effect.
    That “danger one” was when the next day hangover included the realization that the “straight” life of job, etc was kinda meaningless. In my case this hangover required that I understood that I wss not equipped for another life style.
    But I sure missed the heightened enjoyment of music, and other things. Amazing how erotic the feet can be.

    Oh dear, there I am, self-referencing again. But it
    seemed that someone had indicated that sharing was OK for now.

  9. Mike, what exactly is the drug war industry.? The curious story about
    Obama is that he often winds up to the right of Bush jun. It’s a bit confusing to watch actually. So I always find myself asking what interests are driving this and other politics.

    idealist, I am pretty sure California has such a law. The odd thing is the feds overrule these law. It gets slightly absurd if you read that even Florida state employees officially administering the legal use could be in danger of being prosecuted, Rolling Stone (six-states-sweep?) must have followed this carefully. In an interview with RS Obama said it wasn’t his intend to prosecute medical marijuana users. So our brave NY judge is fairly safe.

  10. If we ascend from the personal ethical scale to the macro, there arises the “qui bono”-question. Who benefits from criminalization.
    Alcohol industries, LEO including specialized agencies like DEA, Customs, and implementation via sister agencies (Coast Guard,etc), and the taxes coming from regulated taxed drugs, chiefly alcohol.
    Also the incarceration and the justice systems, and the covert income from CIA drug industries, the kickbacks from the distribution system.

    I could continue, but the concept is established. I hope, that there are many who benefit from this criminalization of marijuana use..

    That we run the risk of firmly establishing through permited use, a class of societal non-participants. But what says that they would be a greater burden than the habitual users are today, including the burdens which violence and incarceration and “human” costs incurred today? These latter would disappear.

    Would all rush, as contended, after heavier drugs. Obama did not. I have no answer, but others may have stats or firmer based views.

    However, there is nothing to fear IMHO.
    The experience over at least 40 years in Holland speaks for that.

    So when again, when again, shall we regain the right to control our lives? You say it is not a crushing issue. Say that to the users of marijuana, BUT DON’T forget to ask the victims of alcohol use, with its attendant tendency to enhance crimes of violence.

    Maryjane doesn’t make for violence, especially if it is not criminalized. Not being a user, I don’t recuse myself from opinionating.

  11. The Obama administration appears to be ratcheting up its conservative creds on war and drugs in anticipation of the election. I fully agree with mespo on this issue.

  12. As a person with chronic intractable pain I read many postings from people with pain who support the legalization of marijuana because they feel it will help with their pain. I do not know if it will or will not but I know it helps with glaucoma and have read too many anecdotes about the benefit for people like the judge. Heaven forbid there should be something in the armamentarium that pharma does not make and reap the profits.

  13. Well, what can we do if we want to de-crimialize marijuana?
    How do we counter the misinformation firmly anchored with the public.
    Contributions welcome.
    Here’s one idea.
    Let’s show that it is in wide use by respectable people.
    Make a pin to be worn, first by those with least to lose, by this category of users. It can spread, or quickly die out. As long as you and all connected with you is clean then what’s the danger. Oh, you get labelled! Same as Thomas Jefferson.
    Well, change that to a pin saying you support the medical use of marijuana. Safer? Or “my SO used medical marijuana”.

  14. Elaine, amen.

    Leander, the drug industry has long tentacles……..

    * more cops use more uniforms, weapons, cars etc.; available to “control” protesters; provide jobs;
    * more jails/prisons, many privately run require construction, food service, uniforms, etc.; provide jobs for COs and administrators.
    * handy way of branding a criminal class, many who can no longer vote or get good jobs
    * handy way of making a new slave class. Many prisons put their prisoners to work for industry. “Everyone” makes out: the industry gets cheap workers and the prisons get paid for providing the labor. The prisoners get paid but at extremely low rates. The companies get an improved profit margin.

    What’s not to like?

  15. Pin design:

    The classical marijuana leaf design (green); known to all, with a rampant caduceus in red.

    The space under can be reserved for organizational
    acronymm or sponsoring orgs logo. Optional.

  16. I’m not a user and wouldn’t become one but I support the legalization of all marijuana and have for at least a decade. Prohibition doesn’t work. Obama would probably get more votes if he dropped his enthusiasm for enforcement.

  17. “Obama would probably get more votes if he dropped his enthusiasm for enforcement.” BettyKath.

    Is there significant number of votes here to be won?
    Any guesses?

    And just to know, what level of drug crime loses you you right to vote?

    And Obama does not have to push. The other sled dogs are pulling like hell. Who needs a CIC when the law empowers?

    We’re gonna have to some MJ busts, many if fact, among Congressmen.

  18. idealist, some food for thought in your posts, certainly. The only modern model we have is Portugal, a nation that legalized ALL black market drugs. The drug use in general WENT DOWN. All the costs associated with punishment were transfered over to the medical sector where it belongs. Drug rehab and education is part of their legalization scheme.

    The fact that drug users can forfeit all their assets to the state for growing ONE plant- the charge is manufacturing. This is a huge money maker for the drug warriors.

    I also think that the paper, cotton and other Multinational corporations do not want the US to once again turn to industrial hemp as a raw material. It beats tree pulp paper and cotton production by huge margins in ease of production and volume.
    No comparison and they know it. their forest holdings, fertilizers and chemical plants will become obsolete if industrial hemp comes into production in the US.

    I want to build a house out of industrial hemp. It makes building a zero energy house much simpler.

  19. Kudos to this judge for recognizing that his authority and stature in the community provides a nice soapbox and speaking out on this issue.

    Personally, I smoke Cannabis, for various reasons. I had always been personally against using it but also always recognized a vague natural right of humans to use the substance (or most substances) as they please as long as they aren’t endangering others.

    I threw out my back playing hockey about 5 years ago, I knew from experience I would be laid out for a week or two. I asked a buddy for some pain pills, but he sent me bud and told me to stretch instead. 2 days later I was 95% when I had been at about 30%.

    I also had time for introspection which made me realize I had been in a very negative emotional state for years, and I decided to seek help.

    Diagnosed with dysthemia, I was instantly giving an anti-depressant. 5 months and 4 different prescriptions later, I had been through a lot of side effects. Extreme weight gain, zombie like states, impotence, insomnia, no appetite, et al. On the 4th drug I began having suicidal thoughts, which I had never had before. I had no real grasp on my mental state and found myself one night with my handgun on the table. No remorse, no guilt, no questioning, nothing but relief. I happened to have hid away the last of the bud I had been given, and thankfully decided to pull it out before I did anything. It was the 2nd most cathartic experience of my life, months of emotions bottled up by prescriptions flowed out of me. I decided there had to be a better way to deal with my issues.

    I sought ‘alternative’ methods of dealing and coping. While I had always been fairly lean and healthy I ate better, I drank less, I quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, I exercised more…I got as healthy as I could. LIfe got much much better.

    I still smoke on occasion. I check in on myself. I meditate. But best of all, being partially deaf, I listen to music and hear every little note and beat that I normally cannot.

    I am a successful professional (though my posts may not indicate it). I am very active in my community. I just bought a house. I am getting married this summer. LIfe just gets better and better…though I have to fear getting busted for smoking a natural substance even though it saved my life and continues to be a source of happiness.

    I plan on quitting completely once we get married (as I’ve promised her) but someday I hope that I can legally enjoy Cannabis without having to have a terminal disease in order to convince society that it should be OK for me to do so.

  20. Judge Reichbach is a man to be admired. His courage in coming forward, especially at this most difficult and painful period in his life, is of real benefit to others.

  21. Federal marijuana policy is contradictory.

    Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, the most restricted category having no medical use.

    Here is US Patent #6630507, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” assigned to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

    The federal government has a patent on medical marijuana.

    Also, the synthetic THC sold under the trade name Marinol is a less strictly regulated Schedule III substance.

    If, as officials say, the reform of marijuana law should be a low priority, by the same token, it is hard to justify so much court time, police effort, prison space, and so many disrupted lives for such a low priority.

    Why does medicine have to come in the form of an expensive, bitter pill?

    But the US government steps in to protect cocaine smugglers (Zambada Niebla) who have connections to CIA (Gulfstream jet tailnumber N987SA) and drug money laundering through major US banks (Wachovia).


  22. JC…….humans have canabinoid receptors in every organ of their body. We know pot is a great pain medication and anti-tumor medication. It is ridiculous that it is still a Schedule 1 drug. Stupid.

    I thought the ’60’s generation would fix this when they came into power, but it is still a gnarly subject in politics.

  23. Oh to hell with this judge.

    He’s been a lawyer for 40 years. He’s a State Supreme Court Justice.

    He’s got white collar friends that he lets violate the law for him. He’s very well connected and if one of his friends get busted, the judge will know how every lock and key works to get their charges dropped.


    This jackass needs to get himself arrested taking some weed into the Supreme Court building, and medicating himself before lunch.


    OP-EDs? They’re not worth the paper they’re printed on.

    “Henry, what are you doing in there?”
    “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”

  24. Yes, the banks are now making money laundering black market drugs. They lobby our politicians to keep the drug war going. The CIA too. It is all so corrupt, as one would expect in a black market with mafia like controls.

  25. anon: right on. But he may have to use a vaporizer. Sort of cumbersome.

    Your move Judge Reichback. That would be awesome, simply earth shattering.

  26. Leander22,

    “The Drug War Industry” encompasses all the people who make their living arresting, prosecuting, imprisoning and rehabilitating people from drugs of all kinds. Almost every one in this industry has a vested stake in keeping marijuana illegal. Add to that of cause the brewers, vintners and alcohol industry.

  27. “Judge Reichbach is a man to be admired. His courage in coming forward, especially at this most difficult and painful period in his life, is of real benefit to others.”

    Hey Blouise, seriously with all due respect, this assclown is a State Supreme Court Justice and has enormous amounts of power that 99.99% of the people will never have.

    What’s the downside for Jerky McJudgeface to speaking out? That this 40 year career lawyer and judge millionaire might have to retire? Boohoo. He ain’t never going to jail.

    If a bastard like this craptard is afraid to speakout, it’s because he’s afraid of effects to his wallet, not because he’s afraid of jail time.

    I will admire Judge Reichbach for his actions when he uses the power that us 0.01% centers don’t have and makes a real sacrifice.

    Until then he’s just some other bozo that was part of a horrible system and collaborated with it to produce misery for others until woe, karma took a steaming shit on his face.

  28. All this pain and suffering, all the incarcerations. All over William Hearst throwing a temper tantrum because his girlfriend smoking his Mexican grounds marijuana at San Simeon. Before then, we were free to ingest what we wanted. Back then they relied on common sense. Today, it’s a precious commodity in the upper reaches.

  29. anon, every POTUS since Clinton has been a massive hypocrite on this issue. There but for the grace of god, they did not get CAUGHT smoking or in possession of marijuana in college.

    History would be much different for them, obviously.

    My nephew lost his college scholarship over some personal use pot.
    Ridiculous! Cruel and unusual punishment.

    People you would never guess smoke pot or have smoked in the past. They should all come out.
    Just like the gays.

  30. “People you would never guess smoke pot or have smoked in the past. They should all come out.”

    I agree. Especially if they are politicians, retired, or supreme court judges.

  31. Shano,
    Just got back.
    Don’t get your ego up, but you are one of the best thinkers here today. Wide and good input and reasoning.

    Thanks for Portugal, hemp vs forest products (big diff in fiber producion rate) and many other points.

    Got any political solutions? I mean that’s something we’ve been fighting for millenia.

  32. Other thought on a THC revolution:

    There’s the snob factor: “What’s that smell? It’s new!
    Where does yours come from. Oh, that’s exotic. Wow!”

    And then there is the convenience factor. Have your air-tight mini-container containing processed and THC guaranteed delivery beside your bed, or whereever at home.

    Just open, take a bit in your platinum (snob) dispenser, like they did with tobacco in 1600, and sniff it, or rubbing on your gums, or place under your tongue. Exact dosing, quick effects and reliable half-life.

    The drug of convenience. Cool, laid back, friendly, and mind-enlightening. What’s to complain about.

    Go to Jamaica and test it. Or better yet Portugal, less poverty effects there.

    It could maybe be patented or such. But competition from organic legacy brands will be tough. But somebody will find out a way to sew up the market. Damn capitalists.

    Speaking of hard drugs; Anita O’Day did the Newport Festival stoned on heroin. Check out her story. The greatest woman jass MUSICIAN in her time. She did her last when she was 80+. The voice was gone, but the jazz was still living. Ask any jazzman. She never did a song twice the same way.

    A little imagination can show how the game COULD be played. Do we have to sabotage Congress A/C to get them stoned to push through a bill, or how much drug money will they need?

  33. There’s a happy tree here today, no names.

    How happy some messages can make you feel, in MANY ways.
    Thanks. Hope you find a way. Feeling tempted myself to check in on myself. Do you have trouble leaving yourself behind—if that is entailed? Or can yourself follow with you, on the return journey?

  34. Happy tree,

    What were the alternatives beside THC help? Just askin’. Don’t feel challenged, just appreciated.

    Shano, don’t let me bug you, BUT:

    Are you living in Christiana in Copenhagen?

    Do you own a pot plantation and are speaking for your warez?

    Are you instead a professor and quoting excerpts from your 101 course?

    Huge scope there, speaks of unusual connections.

    Suspicious me.

  35. I do not have any solutions, idealist, unfortunately.

    I know though, that the legalization of industrial hemp would create new industries and new jobs. Hemp is a massively useful plant, especially for non toxic alternatives to petroleum based plastics.

    Someone built a car body out of hemp a few years ago, the fibers are stronger than fiberglass. The fabrics last forever. The paper made from hemp is almost toxin free compared to wood pulp. The oil is relatively clean burning besides being crammed with Omega 3s.

    It is the best plant source for ethanol, no doubt about that at all. Hemp would advance all our old technology with products that are CLEANER and less toxic and biodegradable in landfills. We would not have a giant plastic vortex in the middle of the ocean if we made all these single use plastic items out of hemp instead of oil.

    One day we may become so poor that we will have to legalize. that may be the solution.

  36. idealist: I was a farmer for over 30 years. That is my interest.

    Besides being raided by the police on my farm on the East coast, arrested for aerial photos of pot plants in a remote area of my farm that I knew nothing about…(why my old retired neighbors were not charged too since they had pot in their corn field I do not know)

    The plants were gone at the time of the raid but it still cost me $3,000. to clear my name after the raid. The War on Drugs has many innocent casualties, I was just lucky I was able to clear my name!

    Farmers need to be able to use hemp in crop rotations because it builds up topsoil. It does not need any inputs- fungicides, pesticides, herbicides. And in most places it needs no irrigation. Farmers used it for thousands of years to rehabilitate poor soils.

    So, my two sides of this sad, sad story in America….

  37. The judge claims medical efficacy for smoked Marijuana. While there are difficulties in controlling for potency when the product is smoked, it would seem that the question of medical Marijuana ought to be answered by pharmacologist through scientific study not by law enforcement.

    My father who died of lung cancer was stoical and hardly, if ever, used the morphine that was prescribed to him. Not all seriously ill or terminal patients are so fierce in their independence. Not all seriously ill or terminal patients are given the palliative drugs they sometimes desperately need.

    The fact that we turn away from them in their time of need in the name of law enforcement is an outrage and a stain on all of us.

    Part of the outrage is that some law enforcement have successfully conflated the issue of medical marijuana and palliative care for chronic pain with recreational drug use.

  38. Shano,

    Good honest no hype source. Wish there were more.

    I realize the quietness here is due to job holders who need no notice from LEO.

    Glad you got free, just keep inspecting. They’ll never forget you. When you’re on the satellite they gotcha.

    We all could be busted anytime from a reverse pickpocket

    So feel paranoid everybody. But it ain’t you, it’s just their quota they have to make. Stats equals budgets equals raises. Both kinds.

    Bye y’all.

  39. Yep, idealist, the War on Drugs ™ puts over half the population in jeopardy.

    I used to be great friends with Frank Morgan, one of the greatest alto sax players of his generation. They claimed he would be the next Charlie Parker, but the drug war ruined his career.

    I went to see him play in Holland after his last bust at age 70 or so for marijuana at the LA airport. He could only play in Europe after that. I just thought, leave this old man alone, for gods sake! They never did….

  40. I am sure I could find better things to do with 15 billion dollars a year than prosecute non violent marijuana smokers….

  41. @shano

    I am surprised you did not loose your farm in forfeiture proceedings. Local law enforcement could have bought lots of para-military equipment with the proceeds from the sale of your farm.

  42. Because I was innocent, had a stellar record as a volunteer in my community , there were a number of houses closer to the plant than mine, the police LIED.

    It does sober you to the power of the state when you are in handcuffs while strangers go through your underwear drawer.

  43. Shano,
    What no old Marsist brochures among your skivvies? To think! I’ve been handcuffed at least 3 times so I’m ahead.

    Thanks for mentioning Frank Morgan, will check him out. Don’t like Clinton, but one sax man said he’d be happy the day he could play an A and folks would cry.

    Barking Dog,
    You can sáy that about both kinds? But Malisha says y’all gladly eat excrement. Any choices there?

  44. idealist, Frank was a live act. None of his recording do him justice, but ‘City Nights’ is a good place to start. He was impossible to mike because he walked while he played.

    We shared a house one summer in Taos….

  45. Wow! Shared a house! At Taos! Does your hair hang down to your toes. And don’t tell me about the Yoga teacheress.

    Actually I am impressed. I visited the ski slopes over a weekend when I summered in Las Cruces. Felt totally out of place. Did not know where to hide my little tiny sportcar. Or myself either.

  46. All these very pretty young girls in town were after Frank, he wasn’t interested. It was strange. But he and I stayed home that summer watching the summer Olympics. I was his chauffeur of sorts since he didn’t drive. It was the year Marion Jones swept the card & won all those races…he loved that the most.
    Frank eventually settled down with his masseuse and they were very happy.

  47. Check this out:

    Frank and Grace Kelly (female sax) She opens and he does a riffy be-bop (?) inspired thing. You tell me what it is.
    Live. He’s planted in chair so he can’t leave the mike.
    7+ minutes. the second one is a duet.

  48. yes, that one summer I listened to Frank improvise for 3 hours each afternoon for a couple of months. He worked very hard, obviously the drug taking did not affect his motivation. At this time he was on methadone, but he smoked a joint each day, too.

    Then with a cool mountain breeze flowing through the house during his practices, it is such a wonderful memory.

  49. I should say the house was also FULL of flowers since I was running my friends flower business while she was in Germany. Brimming with fresh cut flowers at certain times of the week. It was heaven.

  50. Here is Frank in Europe after his marijuana bust in LA. The War on Drugs stole this mans career. And for what?
    He never stopped smoking marijuana, it certainly didn’t hurt his playing or his life, he had so many friends and a full healthy interaction with all of life.

    Everyone loved Frank, he worked hard touring the beautiful small concert halls all over the EU:

  51. Distraction: MIchael Connely Harry Bosch novels, any real connection? It was commmented on Youtube, know nothing about Connely. For me such loaning an artists rep is bad ethics, but not if they associated.
    He sure looked at peace with Grace Kelly. he’d had been a welcome addition to my life in Stockholm.
    He looked like everybody’s favorite uncle there with Grace.
    Wonder how he looked at 30? Was he more strongly exeubeant then?

    Why not Frank and me, rather why not jazz and me. (Why innvolve me? Because it allows the eternal question what do you find in modern jazz?) Well could’t understand jazz direct in the heart. One day it happened, completely, but never so again. I wonder what part of the mind produces such a bowl of juicy noodles? What’s your relation to modern jazz? I’m still looking at Picasso, and searching for the horse’s head. But at times, everything (exaggeration) “pop” into place. And then it is SO SO CLEAR.
    Will tell you of my flower shops experiences sometime.


  52. My Rabbi had pancreatic cancer. Mortality is extremely high for those suffering from this cancer. The man is extremely sick and it brings me a lot of personal emotional pain as well to see him this way. He is bedridden and has not been in synagogue for months, I could easily find him cannabis but I doubt he would take it.

    I hope Justice Reinbach survives and also has a continued improved quality of life using cannabis. Obama my vote for you is now wavering.

  53. I am so sorry for what your Rabbi is suffering, as well as the others mentioned here.
    Obama doesn’t know unless you (we) tell him, call the white house 2124561111/your reps, find numbers at

  54. Does anyone really think that taking marijuana has harmed Bill Maher? He became a multimillionaire and probably smokes marijuana every day.

    Or has it harmed Woody Harrellson or any of the other people in society who are ‘out’ about their marijuana use?

    Because I do not think it has hurt these people in any way. It is not an addictive drug. Marijuana should be legalized, period. When the last three of our POTUS have smoked marijuana, when is it going to be time?

    When do we stop playing Russian Roulette with peoples lives in this nation over a plant, a drug that is not addictive and has no known way to overdose? This is a harmless drug that should not be ruining peoples lives, the War on Drugs swept me up in that net, it makes me very sure that thousands of innocent people have had to defend themselves each and every year. What a waste of rescources.

    The ONLY thing bad about marijuana is the legal system can ruin your life. I would not blame that on the drug itself, laws can and should be changed.

    It should be taxed, regulated and legal just like the more harmful substances that are legal, alcohol & cigarettes.

    You should be able to get a prescription for marijuana just like the vastly more dangerous opiate based drugs. It makes no sense that all these more dangerous substances are legal and regulated while this harmless one is a Schedule 1. It is a lie that probably increases use in young people.

    My sister ran the DARE program in Denver. She said kids KNOW when they are being lied to. When these drug programs lie to kids about marijuana, it makes them skeptical about anything and everything else they are teaching. So the lies have to end about this substance. It does no one any good at all.

  55. Another casualty of the Drug War. A grandmother in jail for the rest of her life:

    FORT WORTH – The U.S. government didn’t offer a reward for the capture of Houston grandmother Elisa Castillo, nor did it accuse her of touching drugs, ordering killings, or getting rich off crime.

    But three years after a jury convicted her in a conspiracy to smuggle at least a ton of cocaine on tour buses from Mexico to Houston, the 56-year-old first-time offender is locked up for life – without parole.

    “It is ridiculous,” said Castillo, who is a generation older than her cell mates, and is known as “grandma” at the prison here. “I am no one.”

    Convicted of being a manager in the conspiracy, she is serving a longer sentence than some of the hemisphere’s most notorious crime bosses – men who had multimillion-dollar prices on their heads before their capture.

    The drug capos had something to trade: the secrets of criminal organizations. The biggest drug lords have pleaded guilty in exchange for more lenient sentences.

    Castillo said she has nothing to offer in a system rife with inconsistencies and behind-the-scenes scrambling that amounts to a judicial game of Let’s Make A Deal.

    “Our criminal justice system is broke; it needs to be completely revamped,” declared Terry Nelson, who was a federal agent for over 30 years and is on the executive board of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “They have the power, and if you don’t play the game, they’ll throw the book at you.”

    Castillo maintains her innocence, saying she was tricked into unknowingly helping transport drugs and money for a big trafficker in Mexico. But she refused to plead guilty and went to trial.”

  56. These drugs are legal too:

    To fight our insane wars, we’re wrecking our soldiers’ ability to live with themselves and function in society, then regulating what’s left of them with chemicals, which often make things immeasurably worse.
    The modern Army psychiatrist’s deployment kit is likely to include nine kinds of antidepressants, benzodiazepines for anxiety, four antipsychotics, two kinds of sleep aids, and drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a 2007 review in the journal Military Medicine.

    In the pursuit of order, could we possibly be creating more chaos, not simply externally — in the shattered countries we’re leaving in our wake — but internally, in the minds of those soldiers?

    The Los Angeles Times noted that Air Force pilot Patrick Burke was recently acquitted in a court-marital hearing on charges of auto theft, drunk driving and two counts of assault — due to “polysubstance-induced delirium.” This was, the Times explained, a turning point: the first official acknowledgement, by military psychiatrists and a court-martial judge, that the drugs that have become a routine part of military service — in Burke’s case, the prescribed amphetamine Dexedrine (“go pills”) — can contribute to temporary insanity.

    “After two long-running wars with escalating levels of combat stress, more than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs, according to figures recently disclosed to The Times by the U.S. Army surgeon general,” Kim Murphy writes in the Times article. “Nearly 8 percent of the active-duty Army is now on sedatives and more than 6 percent is on antidepressants — an eightfold increase since 2005.”

    Murphy quotes psychiatrist Peter Breggin, who has written on the correlation between drug use and violence: “Prior to the Iraq war, soldiers could not go into combat on psychiatric drugs, period. Not very long ago . . . you couldn’t even go into the armed services if you used any of these drugs, in particular stimulants.”

    “Nearly 8 percent of the active-duty Army is now on sedatives and more than 6 percent is on antidepressants — an eightfold increase since 2005.”

    Now he’s hearing from soldiers who tell him “the psychiatrist won’t approve their deployment unless they take psychiatric drugs.”

    Uh, this sounds like addiction, and not on the part of the soldiers. The military itself is addicted to . . . well, as Murphy explains, “the modern Army psychiatrist’s deployment kit is likely to include nine kinds ofantidepressants, benzodiazepines for anxiety, four antipsychotics, two kinds of sleep aids, and drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a 2007 review in the journal Military Medicine.”

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