Cannabis Cultivation Contender in Illinois Drops Lawsuit

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One of several losing contenders in Illinois’ medical marijuana program has withdrawn a lawsuit it filed earlier this year, the company’s attorney announced on Monday.

PM Rx, which had sued the state’s Department of Agriculture in February after it wasn’t awarded a cultivation license, suddenly dropped the suit, saying only that it made the decision “after extensive factual investigation, and in light of the recent tragic passing of PM Rx CEO Andrew James,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

The winner of the license in question was Cresco Labs, but the lawsuit alleged that scoring processes were not followed properly by the department before the license was awarded.

The news that the lawsuit has been dropped comes as something of a surprise, because PM Rx’s attorney won the release of 13,000 pages of documents related to the program just last week.

There have been at least three other lawsuits filed in Illinois related to the MMJ program and how licenses were awarded earlier this year. Illinois is not alone in licensing-related lawsuits, states such as Massachusetts have had to contend with similar challenges.