Pot Rx panel sued

Pot Rx panel sued

The first lawsuit over the state Medical Marijuana Commission’s scoring of the top five applicants for cultivation permits under the new medical marijuana law was filed Tuesday. The suit, by Naturalis Health of Little Rock, asks for an injunction against award of the permits. The suit was assigned to Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen. Defendants are the state Department of Finance and Administration, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division and the marijuana commission.

It’s possible the state could raise a sovereign immunity argument against the lawsuit, given a recent state Supreme Court decision. Governor Hutchinson, however, has instructed executive agencies not to use the defense without his permission. A judge conceivably could raise the issue on his own.

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