A New Jersey judge has ruled against medical marijuana patients who were seeking to have the court take over the state's legal medical marijuana program.

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The case is staying alive, but it is moving to an appeals panel after a ruling Thursday.

In the lawsuit filed last year, pot patients sought to have a court force New Jersey's Health Department to do more to implement a medical marijuana program that was signed into law three years ago.

Lawyers for the pot patients say they hope parts of the case will be returned to a trial court so they can take depositions from Health Department officials about why the program has been delayed.

Only one dispensary is running.


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