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Pot-Smoking Diabetic Wins $125K from City After Being Denied Insulin by Police

A diabetic woman arrested for smoking a joint last year on the Lower East Side will receive $125,000 from the city after being denied insulin while in lockup, according to reports.
A diabetic woman arrested for smoking a joint last year on the Lower East Side will receive $125,000 from the city after being denied insulin while in lockup, according to reports.
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MANHATTAN — A diabetic woman arrested for smoking pot on the Lower East Side last year will reportedly get a six figure payout from the city after being denied insulin while in lockup.

Philadelphia native Jaime Rutkowski, 30, was busted for smoking a joint outside the Ludlow Street lounge Libation last October and hauled to a cell at the 7th Precinct, where she felt her blood sugar begin to rise, the New York Post reported.

After police refused to hand over her insulin meter to check her glucose levels at the stationhouse, she had to be rushed to the hospital when her blood sugar nearly quadrupled to life-threatening levels, the New York Times reported.

Rutkowski reportedly settled her lawsuit against the city for $125,000 this week, after finding out the officer who arrested her had been arrested on a drunk-driving charge only months after the incident.

The woman was arrested smoking pot outside the Ludlow Street lounge Libation.
The woman was arrested smoking pot outside the Ludlow Street lounge Libation.
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"They could have killed me over a joint," Rutkowski said, according to the Times. "Something needs to be done."