Attorney asks for disqualification of Arkansas Attorney General’s Office from MMJ license lawsuit

An attorney for a rejected medical cannabis cultivator asked the judge in its lawsuit to disqualify the Arkansas attorney general's office from the case in a motion filed Tuesday.

The motion is the latest filing in a lawsuit between 2600 Holdings, LLC and the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission after the state awarded its last license to cultivate medical cannabis to River Valley Production, LLC of Fort Smith. 2600 Holdings, which does business as Southern Root Cultivation, claims state regulators wrongly awarded the license to River Valley.

In the motion, attorney Abtin Mehdizadegan, representing Southern Roots, called for the judge to dismiss the Attorney General's Office from defending the Department of Finance and Administration in the case, saying it has a conflict of interest with Doralee Chandler, a former director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, now working in the Attorney General's Office.

Chandler served as Alcoholic Beverage Control director for more than four years before resigning in February to take a position as deputy attorney general for state agencies, and has served as "an important and necessary witness" in the lawsuit, according to the motion.


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