Arkansas Judge Temporarily Blocks New Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Feb 26, 2020

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen
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An Arkansas judge has blocked the state from issuing more licenses to sell medical marijuana. That's after a Pine Bluff dispensary says it was unfairly overlooked for another applicant.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order as requested by Medicanna of Pine Bluff. Medicanna 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.

Arkansas voters legalized medical marijuana in 2016, and the state's first dispensaries opened last year.