US (MO): Key vendor in Missouri’s MMJ program hit with $28 million judgment

A company hired by the state to score applicants for medical cannabis licenses has lost a $28 million lawsuit brought by one of the jilted companies.

In the latest legal fallout from Missouri’s rocky rollout of its medical cannabis program, Wise Health Solutions was sued by GMT Consulting, which had joined a rush of companies seeking a license to sell, grow or distribute medical cannabis in 2019.

When it did not receive a license in 2020, GMT sued, saying Wise’s scoring method was flawed and “corrupt,” resulting in the company not being awarded a license by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The case eventually went to an arbitrator, who found in favor of GMT, saying Wise “negligently performed its consulting duties for DHSS, which caused GMT Consulting, LLC to be wrongfully denied dispensary licenses.”


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