New Jersey court reiterates that medical cannabis applications on hold

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A
two-judge
appellate
court
in
New
Jersey

upheld
its
ruling

that
the
state’s
Department
of
Health
must
halt
its
review
of
nearly
150
applicants
seeking
to
operate
new
medical
marijuana
businesses.

The
ruling
means
those
who
applied
for
a
medical
marijuana
license
last
summer
will
need
to
continue
to
wait
at
least
until
the
spring,
according
to
NJ.com.

“This
is
yet
another
win
for
our
clients,
all
of
which
have
properly
followed
the
(health
department’s)
procedures
and
have
systematically
and
unfairly
been
disqualified
from
receiving
permits
for
medical
marijuana
ATCs
(Alternative
Treatment
Centers),”
cannabis
attorney
Joshua
Bauchner
said
in
a
statement.

Some
licenses
were
denied
because
of
technical
errors.
Bauchner
challenged
the
decision
in
court, arguing
the
applications
should
be
issued
based
on
merit.

In
December,
the

court
granted
a
stay

in
the
2019
application
process
for
new
medical
marijuana
businesses.
That
led
to
the
appeals
process
and
the
delay
in
awarding
licenses.

The
state
health
department,
however,
believe
it
did
not
need
to
stop
scoring
applications
that
had
passed
an
initial
review.
The
court
told
the
department
it
had
misinterpreted
its
order.

A
hearing
on
the
matter
is
expected
to
take
place
at
the
earliest
on
March
2.

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