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Parts of application from firm awarded medical-pot growing license nearly identical to 1 rival group's material

By Hunter Field

This article was published June 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Examples of redacted applications submitted by medical marijuana cultivation hopefuls.

A company that was awarded one of Arkansas' first medical-marijuana growing licenses copied important sections of its application from a competing group, according to sources, public records and other documents.

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Examples of redacted applications submitted by medical marijuana cultivation hopefuls.

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JPRoland says... June 27, 2018 at 7:29 a.m.

There ya go again! Medical "Pot." This is a medicinal drug, Hunter and it's called marijuana or cannabis. I realize this is your way of degrading the drug. If you are going to continue this trend, please refer to Oxycontin as "Hillbilly Heroin" or just lump it in with valium and call them "downers." It slants your story and I am a patient so knock it off!

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JMort69 says... June 27, 2018 at 8:14 a.m.

Here here!!

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faithpreacher says... June 27, 2018 at 8:47 a.m.

Kudos to Hunter Field. John Robert Starr would approve. This what a free press is about

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Yavs says... June 27, 2018 at 8:57 a.m.

JP, reporters at the Democrat-Gazette don't write the headlines. Typically, that job falls to copy editors or in the case of the website, an online editor.

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Libertarian says... June 27, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.

Hmmmm...plagiarism used to be an automatic 'F' when I was in school. What is it when an someone uses someone else's work product that they paid for?

Good job Dem-Gaz.

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smmlv3 says... June 27, 2018 at 9:55 a.m.

Copyright laws apply to published, proprietary documents such as a book or thesis. It is not clear whether wording on an application applies. In any case, all things being equal, the names of the entities making application are enough to explain the disparity in ranking. "Courageous Annie" sounds like some kind of radical group. A business-like company name would naturally be preferable when dealing with a product that is only recently legal.

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Jfish says... June 27, 2018 at 10:27 a.m.

What is the old saying, all is fair in love and growing medical pot.

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BoudinMan says... June 27, 2018 at 4:32 p.m.

Oh, please. Can we just get on with it. People's lives and well-being hang in the balance waiting to see if this drug might make a difference in their quality of life. Start growing it already so it can be dispensed to qualified patients under controlled regulations and be done with it. This column goes hand-in-hand with the "reefer madness" column from earlier. "Medical Pot" indeed.

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NoUserName says... June 27, 2018 at 8:22 p.m.

"Copyright laws apply to published, proprietary documents such as a book or thesis. It is not clear whether wording on an application applies. "
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Perhaps, but it sure sounds like a potential ethical issue for an attorney taking materials paid for by a former client and funneling them to an unrelated 3rd party. And the attorney was a former director of the agency assigned with overseeing the industry involved AND is currently an attorney for a state licensing board. You can't make this s**t up. With apologies to those who really need it, somebody with some ethics in the state needs to stand up, put the brakes on medical marijuana, and throw the applications to an out of state unrelated 3rd party and let THEM score and award licenses. The fraud in this state is mind boggling.

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