LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In one month, the Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on June 7 over Judge Wendell Griffen’s decision to block the state from issuing licenses to grow medical marijuana.
Back in March, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen struck down the five permits for the state’s first cultivation facilities, which were awarded Feb. 27.
In his ruling, Judge Griffen sided with Naturalis Health, the 38th-ranked applicant who sued over the process. The company has asked for an independent evaluator to rescore the applications.
Griffen wrote the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission and Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division did not follow their own rules. He also cited potential conflicts of interest by two of the five commissioners who scored the applications.
Judge Griffen called his conclusion “disappointing and sobering.”
In his decision, Judge Griffen said, “the licensing decisions and rankings rendered by the Medical Marijuana Commission must not stand, and are, hereby, declared null and void.”
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced on two days after Judge Griffen’s decision to appeal Judge Griffen’s ruling on the medical marijuana cultivation permits lawsuit to the Arkansas Supreme Court.