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Suits filed against Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission over growing licenses

By Hunter Field

This article was originally published March 13, 2018 at 11:27 a.m. Updated March 13, 2018 at 5:07 p.m.



5:05 P.M. UPDATE:

Two lawsuits have been filed against the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.

The second lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Lee County by Delta Cannabinoid Corp. — an unsuccessful applicant that had sent a letter of protest to the commission Monday.

Delta Cannabinoid’s suit also seeks a temporary restraining order on issuing growing licenses, claiming the panel’s review process was arbitrary and capricious.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

4:15 P.M. UPDATE:

The first lawsuit against the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Tuesday, alleging the panel would violate its own rules if cannabis growing licenses are issued as expected Wednesday.

The plaintiff, unsuccessful cultivation applicant Naturalis Health LLC, is seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from awarding the state’s first five growing licenses. The company has requested that a hearing be held Wednesday before the panel’s scheduled 5 p.m. meeting.

EARLIER:

Another unsuccessful medical marijuana growing license applicant has sent a letter to state regulators asking the license process to be put on hold.

The letter, sent Monday by attorneys for River Valley Relief Cultivation, alleged that one of the five successful applicants, Newport-based Delta Medical Cannabis Company, provided false information about one of its "medical marijuana experts."

[DOCUMENTS: Read complaint letters + winning applications]

River Valley Relief Cultivation is one of two companies that missed on securing one of the first five cannabis growing licenses, scoring just outside the top five.

Its letter is the latest in flood of challenges and inquiries sent to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission since it announced the first growing license winners Feb. 27. The commission is expected to formally issue the first five licenses at its meeting Wednesday.

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Kofcguy says... March 13, 2018 at 1:19 p.m.

So conflicted! On one hand we do NOT want any more delays in acessing medical marijuana, on the other hand possible corruption must be addressed whenever and wherever found within the govt.

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Happy1234 says... March 13, 2018 at 1:31 p.m.

Let's amend our constitution to allow us to grow our own and leave the politicians out of it.

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obbie says... March 13, 2018 at 5:40 p.m.

New law birth pangs: File joinder, if possible, and combine all issues leading to one final(?) answer to questions.

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seven_irons says... March 13, 2018 at 5:55 p.m.

commissioner roman and story have family members tied to winning applicants? chairwomen tillman didn't provide numerical scores for half of application(on everyone as he only provided check marks for level of qualification) until AFTER she turned in her score sheets? None of the qualifying requirements (distance, tax liens, bankruptcy etc) were even even checked, or even worse, selectively checked? I guess since you can't sue the state they just did what ever they wanted? Other commissioners changed scores after turning them in? And no... a sandwich artists(mcDonalds employee) in berryville is responsible for growing this medicine, growing this industry, and not making Arkansas look bad by doing it right? great job everyone. great job.

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RBBrittain says... March 13, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.

I thought it was Subway who had "sandwich artists".

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