State officials in April announced the commission would stop reviewing applications for dispensaries to sell medical marijuana in response to Griffen's ruling. The commissioner, who isn't named in the letter, said he did not accept the bribe but did not report it. The company, Naturalis Health, cited two potential conflicts of interest by members of the commission. It also claimed officials did not verify applicants' assertions that their facilities would be the required distance from churches, schools and day cares. In the letter, Rutledge's office said most of the allegations remain unsubstantiated but are being investigated by law enforcement.Attorneys for Natural State Agronomics did not respond to messages left Thursday afternoon.
Arkansas Court Hears Case Over Medical Marijuana Permits
By The Associated PressJune 7, 2018
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An attorney for a company that unsuccessfully applied for a license to grow medical marijuana in Arkansas called the process for permitting such businesses "flawed and corrupt" on Thursday as state Supreme Court justices questioned whether a judge had the power to prevent those licenses from being issued.
The state attorney general's office, meanwhile, said in a previously sealed court document that a member of the commission accused another unsuccessful applicant of trying to bribe him.
Justices heard arguments in the state's appeal of a decision that prevents the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission from awarding its first cultivation licenses. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen in March ruled that the licensing process violated a state constitutional amendment voters approved in 2016 legalizing...
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