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Sick Judge on Medical Marijuana: It's a "Human Rights Issue"

In a New York Times opinion piece, a sitting state supreme court judge writes of his cancer and the palliative drug he depends on.

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For Reichbach, marijuana has become too necessary a medicine to wait.

"Given my position as a sitting judge still hearing cases, well-meaning friends question the wisdom of my coming out on this issue. But I recognize that fellow cancer sufferers may be unable, for a host of reasons, to give voice to our plight," he wrote.

"Because criminalizing an effective medical technique affects the fair administration of justice, I feel obliged to speak out as both a judge and a cancer patient suffering with a fatal disease."

Brian Braiker is the news editor at Guardian US. He came to the Guardian from Adweek magazine, where he helped oversee a relaunch of the magazine and website. Prior to that he had been a general assignment writer at ABC News, staff writer at Rolling Stone, and, for about seven years, a general editor at Newsweek