Gustin Reichbach, a New York state Supreme Court justice who spoke out earlier this year about his use and support of medical marijuana, has passed away from pancreatic cancer. Reichbach was 65 years old.
During his time as a judge, Reichbach was known for pushing the limits. He was dubbed “the pot-smoking judge” for his use and support of medical marijuana, and “the condom judge” for handing out free condoms and STD testing to prostitutes in the city.
Reichbach was an avid medical marijuana supporter, and cited in a New York Times op-ed piece that the drug helped him manage the pain, nausea, and difficulty eating he experienced as symptoms of his pancreatic cancer. After sharing his own story, Reichbach urged lawmakers to support medical marijuana legalization for patients suffering similar hardships to his own.
After his cancer diagnosis, Reichbach was only given four to six months to live. He beat the odds, living for an additional three and a half years. The last years of his life were filled with travel, family, and activism for the causes he cared about.