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Supreme Court denies state’s appeal, Absolute Essence case heads back to circuit court

Supreme Court denies state’s appeal, Absolute Essence case heads back to circuit court



The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the state’s appeal in a case involving a plaintiff who alleges that the process for awarding medical marijuana dispensary licenses was arbitrary and included racial discrimination and ethical problems. 

The ruling sends the matter back to circuit court where Absolute Essence LLC originally filed the case, arguing that the scoring process for dispensary applications was flawed. In April, Pulaski County Judge Alice Gray ruled against the state’s motion to dismiss the case on sovereign immunity grounds and the state filed an appeal with the Supreme Court. 

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