Pubdate: Thu, 19 Jan 2012
Source: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
Copyright: 2012 Newark Morning Ledger Co
Author: Amy Brittain


TRENTON - Prominent defense attorney William Buckman, well known for 
the State Police racial profiling case in the 1990s, is prepping a 
civil lawsuit against the state health department for delaying New 
Jersey's medical marijuana program.

Buckman will co-counsel the litigation along with Anne Davis, the 
director of the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for 
the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The announcement came today during a noon press conference on the 
Statehouse steps in Trenton attended by a small group of patients, 
advocates and leaders of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana in New 
Jersey. The event was called to commemorate the two-year anniversary 
of Gov. Jon Corzine's signing of the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

The program has largely languished with not one of the state's six 
planned medical marijuana centers being anywhere close to opening.

Buckman said he hopes the "strategy of litigation" will put an end to 
the administration's "foot dragging."
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