Despite AR Supreme Court ruling, more suits expected for medical marijuana

An early morning Arkansas Supreme Court decision has paved the way for the state’s medical marijuana program to proceed, however, more lawsuits are expected to be filed.

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — 

An early morning Arkansas Supreme Court decision has paved the way for the state’s medical marijuana program to proceed, however, more lawsuits are expected to be filed.

The justices reversed a Pulaski County judge’s decision, that initially scrapped the Medical Marijuana Commission’s cultivation scores, citing the judge didn’t have jurisdiction to do so.

This now allows the MMC to award the top five applicants their license while the unsuccessful applicants will receive denial letters.

“After that happens, I think the floodgates probably open to more litigation similar to the lawsuits that have been filed previously,” said Alex Gray, an attorney for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association.

The Department of Finance and Administration, the agency advising the MMC, said the commission isn’t expected to take action until the justices’ ruling is finalized in two weeks. A DF&A spokesperson could not say what action the MMC plans on taking.

If the MMC does more forward and hand those licenses to the top five, per the commission’s rules, the rest of the groups will be able to file suit to appeal the denial. Those suits could include asking a judge to temporarily stop the top five from growing pending litigation.

“It costs $5 million to get a facility constructed it would take 90 days…as fast as you can go or maybe 180 days, so you’re looking at 3-6 months to get a facility up and operating,” said Gray. “I can’t imagine that any of these licensees are going to want to invest money to begin that process not

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