NWA Homepage: Medical Marijuana Ruling Appealed by Attorney General

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA) — Arkansas’s attorney general is appealing a Pulaski County judge’s ruling on medical marijuana cultivation center selection criteria.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is in support of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission and has written an appeal against Judge Wendell Griffen’s ruling.

Nicole Waugh, communications director for the attorney general’s office, released a statement.

“The Attorney General disagrees with the circuit court and has appealed the ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.”

Griffen ruled in favor of plaintiff Naturalis Health on Wednesday.

Griffen wrote the scoring process was unconstitutional and called the ratings “null and void.”

The state had selected five marijuana cultivation centers across the state based on a rating system. Naturalis Health was one of the cultivation center applicants rated too low to be granted a cultivation center license.

River Valley Relief Cultivation of Fort Smith, along with three other companies, joined the lawsuit, arguing various flaws in the process gave unfair advantages to the licensees.

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