AG Rutledge Files Appeal In Medical Marijuana Proceedings

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed briefs with the Arkansas Supreme Court raising legal questions in the state’s expedited appeal of a Pulaski County Circuit Court decision to block the award of medical marijuana cultivation center licenses.

In a voluminous briefing due to the state Supreme Court on Thursday (May 10), Rutledge and her senior staff made the argument that Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen erred on several key legal questions, including procedure posture, standards of review, standing, sovereign immunity and abuse of discretion. The AG’s office also expressed concerns that Griffen’s controversial March 21 restraining order was “overly broad.”

In addressing each legal issue one-by-one, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Merritt noted the importance of the state’s appeal due to the weight that Arkansas voters approved a constitutional initiative in the November 2016 election to speedily implement rules to allow a licensed doctor to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.    MORE

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