Medical Marijuana Court Battle Wraps Up


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – A courtroom battle sparked by a medical marijuana applicant wrapped up Friday.

A Pulaski County judge issued a temporary restraining order earlier this week after a lawsuit, claiming the Arkansas Beverage Control Administration unfairly chose recipients for medical marijuana cultivation centers.

Judge Wendell Griffen heard closing arguments and said he would decide on or by Wednesday whether to lift the temporary restraining order.

The owner of Naturalis Health claimed in court that commissioners had a conflict of interest with some of the people who submitted applications.

Naturalis Health lawyers say some applicants didn’t follow regulations for a grow house.

Mary Casteel, director of ABC, testified her organization may not have certified all the information in the applications was correct.

“I guess there was an assumption on our part that they identified this property lines and measured them accurately as this was all submitted an application that they certified is true and correct under the penalty of having their opportunity to get one of these licenses taken away,” Casteel said.

Naturalis Health is asking for a re-score with no conflict or bias.

The commission said they used a blind scoring method.

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