Lawsuits challenge Arkansas’ medical cannabis licensing process

Some medical marijuana business license applicants in Arkansas have filed anonymous lawsuits charging that regulators wrongly rejected their applications and are seeking a temporary restraining order to force the state to keep their bids in the scoring pool.

Such a restraining order, if granted, would force the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission – the agency tasked with rejecting and approving applications – to “shut down” its work, a spokesman for the group told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The suits, which are currently under seal because of the anonymous filings, allege that the commission notified the plaintiffs 10 days after the application deadline that their paperwork was missing certain required documents such as proof of residency and therefore didn’t give the applicants time to submit the required documents.

The number of plaintiffs is unknown.

According to the newspaper, the commission has agreed to refund thousands of dollars in fees to applicants who were disqualified.

Records provided by the state Department of Finance and Administration – under which the Arkansas commission operates – show that “16 applications were flagged as inadequate for reasons similar to those described by the complaints,” the Democrat-Gazette reported.

The state received a total of 322 applications for both cultivation centers and dispensaries.

The commission said earlier this month it likely will have to delay the rollout of Arkansas’ medical marijuana program because of the time it will need to conduct FBI background checks on the applicants.

The state had expected to award business licenses by the end of the year and launch sales in March 2018.

6 comments on “Lawsuits challenge Arkansas’ medical cannabis licensing process
  1. Smoke Signal on

    For heaven sakes , get on with this , while the rich argue to get richer , the people of this state with 1 or more of the 17 qualifying conditions suffer more and more each day. Most of us are tired of taking all the pills each day that’s killing our bodies. We want a safer form of medicine. Why can’t the state get some from Colorado or another state to sale at Dept of health until they get all this figured out. Voters have spoke and government had slowed this process down !!!! I blame you State. Winter is here and my pain from all the medical surgeries has me hurting so so bad. Remember this as each of you drag your feet that people are living with horrible conditions of pain and are simply wanting relief without taking handful of pills a day. Other states have already got there goings. Arkansas is simply dragging their feet. I say step it up or step down and let someone else do the JOB. Some people are dieing while you drag your feet. Keep that in mind

    • Hurting Daily on

      Amen!!! This is rediculous even for state government. Of course, if you thought a commission of appointees that were against this law getting passed to begin with were going do anything but road block this whole process, you’re nuts.

      I agree, if you’re not going to do your job, get out of the way and let someone in that will!

  2. Matthew on

    Your great great grandmother had this Herb in her spice cabinet, she’s had cancer every since they took it out! This procrastination is naive!

  3. Matthew on

    Just because the state has a dispute with those outside of the law, doesn’t mean laws should be obstructed by state government! Moving on now!

  4. Smoke Signal on

    By having medical marijuana it will take 28 pills away a day. I don’t know how this will work. But if it will be safer to liver then to take all them pills a day , well I’m willing to try. I just want to do the right thing. I don’t want to break any laws. I’m just hoping this will help. All this is set up for the rich to run to get richer. I just want them to understand that while they drag feet people of Arkansas are suffering. We had our hope up to have them mess it up to be mid of next year before we have something that other states already have up and running. Let’s get this program going. Award the places to grow and let them get going !!!!!!!!!

  5. Dennis Garland on

    All this could have been avoided if they had allowed the people who qualify to have been permitted to grow 3 or 4 plants for their personal use. The governments greed to get every tax dollar out of this law, prevented patients from having this option for the last year while they dither. Government is inept at everything they do and this is no different. The federal and local government will never be proficient at anything until they begin to operate as a business instead of a bureaucracy. They care nothing of the pain and suffering of the people.


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