Judge rejects effort to dismiss marijuana license lawsuit

Judge rejects effort to dismiss marijuana license lawsuit
(Source: Pablo)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge who blocked the state from issuing its first licenses to grow medical marijuana has rejected an effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's application process for cultivation facilities.
    
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Friday rejected the state's argument that Naturalis Health, LLC, a company that unsuccessfully applied for a license, didn't have standing. Griffen also rejected the state's argument that it is immune from the lawsuit.
    
Griffen is holding a hearing on whether to issue a preliminary injunction further preventing the state from awarding licenses. He issued a temporary restraining order against the state on Wednesday - shortly before state regulators planned to issue five licenses.
    
The company is asking that all 95 license applications be submitted to an independent evaluator.

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