click to enlarge BRIAN CHILSON THE COMMISSION: Dr. Carlos Roman is second from left.
Dr. Carlos Roman, one of five members of the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission, fired back at critics yesterday in interviews with the Democrat-Gazette and Arkansas Business amid allegations of a conflict of interest between Roman and a top-scoring applicant for a much-coveted cultivation facility license. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen found enough merit in that point and others to enjoin the commission’s distribution of licenses on March 21, declaring its scores “null and void.” Roman took issue with the judge’s decision, according to the D-G’s Hunter Field:
“It blows my mind that a judge, a lawyer, could put this trash out,” he said, holding up Griffen’s order, which Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
With 95 cultivation applicants were competing for just five licenses, it was all but inevitable that one of the rejected parties would sue the commission. In February, the winning applicants were announced, based on a score aggregated from rubrics filled out by each commissioner independently.