- Family Court Judge
- Con to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
“Recreational marijuana is an intoxicating and addictive drug that poses serious medical risks similar to nicotine and alcohol…
Cannabis use increases the risk of heart attack, increases the heart rate, alters blood pressure, can induce an irregular heart beat, increases heart stress, decreases oxygen levels in the circulatory system and exacerbates angina…
In my court, some juveniles confessed that they burglarize homes or rob their victims in order to pay for recreational marijuana. The cost of recreational marijuana can total thousands of dollars and contributes to unnecessary financial difficulties for families. Recreational marijuana users are more likely to drop out of high school…
In short the negatives far outweigh the positives and that is why recreational marijuana should not be legalized.”
“Just Say No to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana,” democratandchronicle.com, Feb. 27, 2018
- Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Judge, Monroe County Family Court (New York), 2007-present
- Member, New York State Trial Lawyer’s Institute
- Volunteer, Legal Services Project
- Member, Southern Poverty Law Center
- Founder, Joseph G. Nesser Law Office, 1990-2007
- Recipient, New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Pro Bono Award, 2006
- Recipient, Michaeel F. Dillon Law Guardian Award, Fourth Department, Western New York, 1999
- Law associate, family law, Redmond & Parrinello, 1986-1990
- JD, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, 1985
- BS, Saint John Fisher College, 1979
- Earned a black belt in karate in 2015
- Quoted in:
- Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?