Medical Marijuana Businessman in Montana Suing a Lot of People
Jason Christ, who gained a measure of fame in Montana a few years ago with his traveling, one-day medical marijuana clinics, is now embroiled in more than a dozen lawsuits with everyone from the Missoula County Attorney’s Office to his former partners and competitors.
Jason filed 13 lawsuits in 2011, and has been involved in more than 1,300 pleadings in 25 civil and one criminal case. “The court called plaintiff a ‘difficult litigant,’ based solely on the number of pleadings, not on the merits of those papers,” read court documents.
In court papers Christ says he is beset on all sides by law enforcement and officials and the city and county have lost him income, “affected his bodily functions” and forced him to camp “down a vast network of unimproved dirt roads.”
Mr. Christ also has attempted to gain redress from the state’s Governor and Attorney General, all to no avail. “The AG has never returned the plaintiff’s calls,” says a court document.
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said he assumes the court will dismiss the lawsuit “at some point.” It names as one defendant a “Paul” Van Valkenburg, which the county attorney said he believes is a reference to himself and “part of his (Christ’s) ineptness.”
“Basically, we disagree with all of the allegations in his complaint,” Van Valkenburg said. “And it’s just part of what we have to deal with in dealing with Mr. Christ.”
Christ is also going to trial in October for allegedly threatened employees of Verizon wireless. According to the complaint filed against him, Christ said he “was going to come down there and ‘bomb the (expletive) store.’”
Christ also says that since he is not allowed to have weapons, he is left to the mercy of the animals in the woods where he lives.
Christ wants for $1.5 million in lost business, $50 million in punitive damages, $34,000 for legal defense against frivolous lawsuits, and $26,850 as payment for defending himself.
An odd and interesting story, to say the least.
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