Judge temporarily halts marijuana commission from awarding additional dispensary licenses

Judge temporarily halts marijuana commission from awarding additional dispensary licenses



The state Medical Marijuana Commission can’t issue the final two dispensary licenses until a lawsuit alleging racial bias in the application process can be fully heard, according to a temporary restraining order issued by Circuit Judge Alice Gray on Tuesday. 

The commission had been on track to issue the remaining licenses this spring after it initiated a process last year to change the rules for considering expired applications. The Arkansas Legislative Council is expected to approve the rule changes next month, allowing expired applications to be considered, commission spokesman Scott Hardin said.