Medical Marijuana Delay Hurts Patients Across N.J.
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Medical Marijuana Delay Hurts Patients Across N.J.
Posted by CN Staff on April 03, 2012 at 19:39:30 PT
By Amy Brittain, The Star-Ledger
Source: Star-Ledger
New Jersey -- New Jersey’s health department has caused undue suffering to patients across the state by failing to implement the medical marijuana program, a patient and doctor claim in a lawsuit that is expected to be filed Wednesday.The lawsuit comes only a week after the owner of one of the state’s six planned dispensaries also took aim at Gov. Chris Christie and the health department, sending a heated letter that alleged state officials were purposefully stalling the program.
The Star-Ledger obtained a copy of the complaint today. The plaintiffs’ co-counsel are attorneys Anne Davis and Bill Buckman, a civil rights attorney well known for a racial profiling case against state troopers in the 1990s.The suit, to be filed Wednesday in Superior Court in Trenton, names the health department, health commissioner Mary O’Dowd, and John O’Brien Jr., a retired state trooper who heads the medical marijuana program as defendants. Buckman said health department officials have "apparently played a game of politics and mismanagement with the health needs of thousands of sufferers."He added, "We hope to uncover those specific people in the department who have been dragging their feet and perhaps sabotaging this." SnippedComplete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author: Amy Brittain, The Star-Ledger Published: April 3, 2012Copyright: 2012 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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