US (AR): Justices deliver a scolding to Cannabis Commission

“Here we go again,” began the stark dissent to an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling early this month. “We are wrestling with another legal conflict involving the Medical Marijuana Commission (MMC) and its refusal to follow its constitutional mandate.”

The dissent came in an unusual disposition of a case that gave the state’s medicinal cannabis system both a legal victory and a verbal spanking, including a hard push to even the playing field in cannabis business licensing.

A revised ruling by the high court reversed a Pulaski County decision that found the state should have granted a marijuana dispensary license to a Carroll County dispensary prospect doing business as Eureka Green.

The court backed the state’s decision to deny the license, finding that the lower court lacked jurisdiction over the subject matter of the case. The dissent made note of numerous lawsuits in the four-year history of Arkansas’ cannabis industry, including reports of irregularities up to the point of bribery.


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