When the Board of Medical Examiners last month suspended the license of Dr. Anthony Anzalone, arguably the busiest marijuana-authorizing physician in New Jersey, it sent reverberations far and wide.
His patients believe he's a savior. His attorney calls him a "pioneer." But the state Attorney General's Office contends Anzalone "exploited his patients and the medical marijuana program" to "create a multmillion dollar enterprise."
In a complaint to the board, the attorney general alleges Anzalone indiscriminately authorized medical marijuana for patients without doing proper medical examinations or, in some cases, even speaking to them.
In other instances, according to the complaint filed in December, Anzalone authorized medical marijuana use for patients who weren't qualified to receive it.