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Judge: How Arkansas pot growers picked illegal

He finds due-process flaws, bias, voids panel’s rankings

By Hunter Field

This article was published March 22, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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A file photo of marijuana is shown with a screenshot of the first page of Judge Wendell Griffen's order.

Judge Wendell Griffen is shown in this file photo.

Mary Robin Casteel, director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, is shown in this photo.

Little Rock attorney David Couch is shown in this file photo.

Commissioner Travis Story is shown in this file photo.

Dr. J. Carlos Roman is shown in this file photo.

A Pulaski County circuit judge Wednesday declared unconstitutional Arkansas' process for licensing the first medical-marijuana growers, citing the appearance of bias and of failure to verify applicants' compliance with key requirements.

Judge Wendell Griffen is shown in this file photo.

Mary Robin Casteel, director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, is shown in this photo.

Little Rock attorney David Couch is shown in this file photo.

Commissioner Travis Story is shown in this file photo.

Dr. J. Carlos Roman is shown in this file photo.

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JIMBOB47 says... March 22, 2018 at 5:22 a.m.

It's all about the power and money. AR voted itself into this mess and should have known the outcome long before.

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JPRoland says... March 22, 2018 at 7:16 a.m.

Meanwhile, the seizures continue and tremors rumble. No relief in site. It's a shame that those who need it most are continuing to do without.

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eurekabae says... March 22, 2018 at 8:45 a.m.

No matter how many voters there are FOR this issue, there will continue to be the uninformed naysayers, just against it based on THEIR principle, not on fact.

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KnuckleBall says... March 22, 2018 at 12:07 p.m.

The Governor stated that he was not happy with the way the growers were picked, that should have sent the news media into a reporting frenzy but it did not. Why are we just now finding out that 2 of the Commissioners had ties to some of the growers selected. This rag did not do its job and dig a little deeper. John Robert Starr would have been all over this.

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BOLTAR says... March 22, 2018 at 1:18 p.m.

Commenters 2-4 are right.

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skeptic1 says... March 22, 2018 at 8:37 p.m.

There is also a Republican campaign hack bragging about how "they" pushed someone else out. If we only had investigative journalists to ferret out such connections.

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SouthCounty says... March 23, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

When they jumped in and ruled the first amendment void after several had voted, I knew the second one was the big boys wanted in and now you have the mess, most needing it, will not be able to afford it...leave it to the legislature to screw it up....

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