Medical Marijuana Licenses Appeal Hearing

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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday heard testimony on the state’s expedited appeal of a Pulaski County Circuit Court decision to block the medical marijuana cultivation licenses handed out to five venture partnerships nearly three months ago.

During the hour-plus hearing before an overflow crowd at the Arkansas Justice Building on the State Capitol grounds, attorneys representing the five winning cultivation facilities, the Attorney General’s Office, Little Rock-based Naturalis Health and intervenors made the arguments before the state’s highest court in the highly-watched case to determine next steps for the state’s stalled medical pot industry.

The case was handed off to the Supreme Court on appeal after a March 21 decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen declared the state Medical Marijuana Commission’s (AMMC) 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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