US (AL): Cannabis firm denied license takes case to court

A cannabis firm denied an Alabama medical cannabis license asked the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals last week to prevent a state commission from using prior results to award licenses.

Specialty Medical Products, a Wetumpka-based medical cannabis firm that was denied a license for an integrated facility, alleged in a motion filed on October 27 that the criteria used by evaluators are still unknown to applicants, that the commission failed to inform applicants what criteria they would be scored on in the application, and that the process was not properly adopted as a rule.

“The application guide, however, does not set out the ‘minimum criteria’ for each exhibit,” the motion stated. “More importantly, the application guide fails to state what criteria are necessary to “exceed” or “thoroughly address” that minimum criteria.

The company has been involved in the ongoing lawsuits, along with Alabama Always, another company denied a license. Montgomery Circuit Judge James Anderson on November 3 denied a temporary restraining order to prevent the commission from using scores previously considered in the first two attempts to award the medical cannabis licenses.


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