LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on a judge blocking Arkansas from awarding licenses to grow medical marijuana (all times local):
An Arkansas panel has postponed its meeting to formally issue licenses to five companies to grow medical marijuana after a judge issued a temporary restraining order.
A spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration says the Medical Marijuana Commission meeting scheduled for late Wednesday had been called off in response to the order issued earlier that day by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.
DFA spokesman Scott Hardin says a new meeting date will be confirmed by the commission pending further guidance from the court.
Griffen issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed by a company that unsuccessfully applied for a cultivation facility permit.
An Arkansas judge has temporarily blocked the state from issuing licenses to five companies to grow medical marijuana in response to complaints about the state’s process for reviewing applications for the facilities.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday against the state, which had planned to formally issue cultivation licenses later that day. Griffen scheduled a hearing Friday on a request for a preliminary injunction against the state.
Griffen issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed by Naturalis Health, a Little Rock company that was not among the top five applicants.
The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission last month named the five companies it intended to award licenses for cultivation facilities. All five firms by Friday paid the licensing fees and posted performance bonds.