Court Hearing Ordered Before Final Awarding of Arkansas Medical Marijuana Cultivation Permits


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -  A Wednesday evening meeting of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has been postponed after a temporary restraining order was filed earlier in the day.

"A new meeting date will be confirmed by the Commission pending further guidance from the court, " said Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin in an emailed statement.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Hours before the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (AMMC) is set meet to finalize the state's top five cultivation centers, a temporary restraining order has been filed in a lawsuit that was filed Tuesday against the commission. 

The action was filed Wednesday morning in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The plaintiff is named as Naturalis Health, LLC, of Little Rock. Click here to read the order and full lawsuit.

Judge Wendell Griffen has ordered all parties in the suit to appear for a preliminary injunction hearing at 10 a.m. on Friday.

"This is an appeal of the Commission's arbitrary and capricious denial of Naturalis's application for a medical marijuana cultivation facility license," the filing reads.

"Defendants have caused a complete distrust in the newly-implemented medical marijuana industry, approved by Arkansas voters, to serve the medicinal needs of qualifying Arkansans," it continues.

Tonight's meeting of the AMMC is scheduled to begin at 5. Click here to see the Agenda that was released Wednesday morning.

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