US (AL): Judge preserves chance to appeal denials of licenses

A Montgomery judge issued an order Friday preserving the opportunity for companies denied a license by the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission to appeal that decision.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge James Anderson issued a temporary restraining order at the request of license applicants Alabama Always LLC and Hornet Medicinals LLC. Anderson issued the order after a hearing Friday morning. Lawyers for the two companies and the AMCC spoke at the hearing. The AMCC did not oppose the order.

The judge denied the request by Alabama Always for “expedited discovery” to obtain depositions and documents from the AMCC to learn more about what the company claims are legal problems and inconsistencies with the commission’s process. Anderson said the request was premature.

Arch Lee, a lobbyist for Alabama Always, said after the hearing the temporary restraining order was an important first step. “I think that’s what everybody involved was looking for, to give us a chance to get to the bottom of it and give us time to look at everything,” Lee said. “We certainly had hoped for some discovery and that might come down the road.”


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