Arkansas judge temporarily blocks new dispensary licenses

    (Staci Vandagriff/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

    An Arkansas judge blocked the state Tuesday from issuing more licenses to sell medical marijuana after a state panel rejected Pine Bluff dispensary’s license application.

    Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a temporary restraining order as requested by Medicanna of Pine Bluff, which had sued the state Medical Marijuana Commission after another dispensary was awarded a license to sell medical marijuana. Griffen scheduled a March 3 hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction against the state.

    Medicanna is challenging the commission’s decision to award the license to a lower scoring applicant because Medicanna had received a partial refund of its application fee.

    Arkansas voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana, and the first dispensaries in the state opened last year.

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