EMT Plans To Sue New York City Over His Right To Use Medical Marijuana
An emergency medical technician with the New York Fire Department is ready to take the city to court over a dispute centered around his medical marijuana prescription, according to a story published Monday in the New York Daily News.
The report details the case of 26-year-old Benjamin Lerich, who “says the Fire Department has threatened his career if he insists on using pot prescribed to him to treat Crohn’s disease.”
Lerich would like to use cannabis to treat his Crohn’s disease, with the Daily News saying that he “wants to use the weed only when going to bed to help deal with the chronic gut ailment and has no intention of showing up to work high.”
“They envision this ‘Cheech & Chong’ thing in their heads. I just want to be able to sleep comfortably at night and I want to go to work,” Lerich told the Daily News. “The Fire Department is living in a bubble when it comes to medical marijuana. It’s the same as if you asked someone in the 1960s their view on medical marijuana. How are we still having this conversation?”
According to the Daily News, “Lerich filed a notice of claim last month announcing