NEW JERSEY: A lawsuit alleging that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has sabotaged New Jersey’s medical marijuana program with long delays and missed reports will be heard at a state appeals court this morning.
The three-judge panel sitting in Mount Holly will hear arguments today by attorneys for Richard Caporusso, a patient from Burlington County who says he has to travel 166 miles to the only dispensary in Montclair to fill his prescription because the state has dragged its feet approving others.
Caporusso and a doctor also allege that New Jersey health officials should have written two annual reports on the program, which under state law would allow patients to petition the health department to add more qualifying illnesses, according to the lawsuit.
They also want the state to throw out the approvals of any dispensary operators who have not succeeded in finding a location and passing a background check and they are asking the court to appoint the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey as the program monitor.
The state Attorney General’s Office sought to get the lawsuit thrown out, but Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson in Mercer County said the case could proceed and sent it directly to the Appellate Division, where challenges to state agencies are heard.