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.
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."
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.