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Scoring guides used by Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission members to rate pot growers varied

Analysis shows differences affected panelists’ grading

By Hunter Field

This article was originally published June 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated June 19, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.

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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015 file photo shows marijuana plants a few weeks away from harvest in a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Medical marijuana scoring

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission members used different scoring guides when ranking cannabis growing license applications earlier this year, and the scores that commissioners gave depended on which guide was used, according to information obtained from the commission.

Medical marijuana scoring

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Razrbak says... June 19, 2018 at 6:07 a.m.

An arbitrary and capricious method that will not stand up in any court hearing, even in this backward state.

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RBear says... June 19, 2018 at 6:11 a.m.

OMFG. Arkansas has proven it can screw up a one-car funeral with ease. This is getting worse by the report.

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JMort69 says... June 19, 2018 at 8:16 a.m.

The system was screwed from the beginning due to the prejudiced connections of the commissioners. Travis Story was appointed by Jeremy Gillam, who the "Lord" led to resign as Speaker of the House the day before this matter was taken up by the courts. Story had a client who was applying for a license. He and his law partner, Bob Ballinger, decided they didn't have to reveal that conflict. I guess the Lord told them the rules of ethics for attorneys didn't apply to them. Story saw to it that his clients got a license. A dirt contractor from Berryville got one, but not Jack Stephens grandson. Who do you think has the most business experience and financial solidity? The problem is the people who appointed these commissioners. Our grinnin' governor, former DEA head and vehement opponent of MM, Gillam, and Dismang, both members of our corrupt legislature. Convicted felon Jon Woods was trying to get the self-righteous crooks at Ecclesia College part of the revenue. Ecclesia is also a client of Story's. And, admitted criminal, Henry Wilkins IV's son, Henry Wilkins V is one of the winners. That was before his daddy pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from admitted felon Rusty Cranford. And, as for the doctors on the panel, they probably don't have the financial acumen to make these decisions. Funny how it was the same doctor who also had a conflict with one of the license winners that someone tried to bribe. I guess Couch didn't allow for the corrupt legislature, the governor who allowed the corruption and their crooked associates. So, while the courts now try to sort this out, we who need this are waiting. Just another reason to get rid of our current legislature and the governor. VOTE THEM OUT, VOTE THEM OUT!!

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Razorglass says... June 19, 2018 at 8:42 a.m.

This is all about preventing ill individuals having access to a natural medical that has been used by people for thousands of years. This is professional incompetent at its best designed to delay or stop the will people being carried out in Arkansas. More than 20 states have figured out to grow medical marijuana, why can’t we? It is because the current administration simply does NOT want to happen. So this farce will continue as long as the governor and his minions wants it to.

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GeneralMac says... June 19, 2018 at 9:10 a.m.

Follow the money trail $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

It is shifting from the back woods grower and out of state shipper to the white collar doctors and lawyers who are wetting their pants in hopes of making huge returns $$$$$$$$$$$$$ on their investments.

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AngryHog says... June 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

See the link below for a professional analysis' full report developed by a statistician regarding the scoring. The summary on the last page breaks it down best. It is mind boggling.
Link:
goo.gl/EirAxb

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AngryHog says... June 19, 2018 at 9:52 a.m.

I guess you will have to copy and paste that link because comment section doesn't allow hyper links or something.

Regardless, this is a good article but it fails to emphasize the massive importance of an inconsistent "instrument". In survey methodology, (google it) "A survey instrument is a tool for CONSISTENTLY implementing a scientific protocol for obtaining data from respondents. For most social, behavioral, and scoring surveys, the instrument involves a questionnaire that provides a script for presenting a standard set of questions and response options."

A consistent instrument is 1 of the most important factors in achieving ACCURATE results in any survey methodology. Duh. Professional development of survey methodology always tests the instrument multiple time before proceeding with any survey.

In this case, the fact, the instruments used are NOT uniform results in a complete failure of the survey process. This is such a BASIC FAILURE that it is beyond insane to consider the resulting scores from this process will even be considered. This is slam dunk, irrefutable, evidence for anyone trying to prove the process is so flawed it should be properly done again.

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GeneralMac says... June 19, 2018 at 10:01 a.m.

Scott Baltz (D-Pocahontas) is correct in both points.

That it should start over and that it should be done by an ..."independent out-of-state group "

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AngryHog says... June 19, 2018 at 10:11 a.m.

I just noticed in the link provided in this article that one of the commissioners score cards doesn't even provide numerical results. Or a name/signature of the commissioner scoring it but deduced it was chairman tillman's. And yet, is says the applicant total score is perfect?? ...this is wrong for so many reasons.

ALSO, you can see that Commissioner Miller gave a PERFECT score to EVERY applicant for section 2d (Packaging Reqs) AND 2e (Transport Reqs). In order to comply with these section there are very black and white subjective laws, rules, and regs issued by Amendment, ABC, Dept of Health, and Commission. I find it highly unlikely that 100% of the applicants provided proper evidence they would comply to all of these laws in their application. Clearly Miller did not do this correctly.

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drs01 says... June 19, 2018 at 10:17 a.m.

The state is having trouble deciding who will be the next group of instant millionaires, especially when pot becomes a recreational drug (phase two of this clever plan). I wonder if anyone has given thought to how difficult it is to undo a constitutional amendment after we discover what a clusterf**k we've created?

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