Marijuana Commission To Hire Consultant


The state Medical Marijuana Commission on Monday approved a non-binding proposal to explore plans to hire an independent consultant to review and score over 200 dispensary applications to license the state’s first medical pot retailers.

The decision comes nearly two weeks after the Arkansas Supreme Court overruled a lower court decision to halt the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana industry, saying a Pulaski Circuit Court erroneously applied the law in blocking the award of the state’s first five licenses for pot cultivation greenhouses in a lawsuit brought by Naturalis Health of Little Rock.

That case was handed off to the Supreme Court on appeal after a March 21 decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen declared Commission’s process of scoring and awarding Arkansas’ first licenses to five pot cultivators as “null and void,” citing the constitutional amendment approved by voters.    MORE

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