LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the state from awarding its first licenses for companies to grow medical marijuana in response to complaints about the state’s process for reviewing applications for the facilities.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state from issuing permits to five companies that had qualified to grow marijuana. Hours after the order was issued, the state Medical Marijuana Commission postponed the hearing it had scheduled Wednesday to formally award the licenses.
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Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana for patients with certain conditions. The commission is expected later this year to license up to 32 dispensaries to sell the drug.
All five companies by last Friday had paid the $100,000 licensing fee and posted the $500,000 performance bond needed to receive the licenses.
Griffen issued the order in response to a lawsuit by Naturalis Health LLC, which was denied a permit. The