Vice Squad
Monday, February 23, 2004
Crazed Stoner Judge Won't Seek Re-Election

This story is just ridiculous. A Michigan judge admitted to smoking a joint at a Rolling Stones concert in 2002, and has announced that he won't run for re-election after his term is up at the end of this year. The judge was suspended from the bench without pay for six months, and had to enter a 28-day rehabilitation program for the infraction.

The judge claims that alcoholism caused him to use pot once or twice a year. He has been sober for 16 months and stated, "I hope my struggles and recovery journey can help other people in the community who suffer from alcoholism and addiction". I would think that the guy's alcoholism would interfere with his ability to dispense justice more so than getting high once a year at a concert, but the state Supreme Court that suspended him didn't seem to have much of an issue with his drinking.

This is one of the biggest problem with our drug laws though - this judge is placed in a position whereby he has to throw people in jail for using a substance that he uses as well. Productive members of society can and do use marijuana. Can we please just legalize it and move on? Also, I'd really like to know who the tattle-tale was who turned this guy in for lighting up a joint at a rock concert. I think his name should be published in the paper as well.

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