Rabbi Ties Jewish Faith to Medical Marijuana

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Rabbi Ties Jewish Faith to Medical Marijuana 
(Photo Credit:  Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn with D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser at the Takoma Wellness Center. (Courtesy Jeffrey Kahn))

 

(WASHINGTON) — Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn spent his 30-year career educating others and helping to ease human suffering, leading Jewish congregations in Australia, Illinois, his hometown of Miami and New Jersey.

Now, he is practicing his faith in a different line of work: Kahn runs a dispensary for medical marijuana. Call it a mitzvah — or one of God’s commandments.

“From the Jewish perspective, nothing is more important than the concept of healing and bringing sufferers relief,” said Kahn, 61.

“I was a congregational rabbi during the worst days of the AIDS epidemic and saw up close and personal what people living with AIDS were dealing with and finding relief with medical marijuana,” he said.

 

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