The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission issued five cultivation licenses Tuesday, nearly three weeks after the Arkansas Supreme Court lifted a Pulaski County circuit judge's injunction on the release of the licenses.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen had ruled in favor of a plaintiff who expressed concerns of improper grading by medical marijuana commissioners. He ruled that the award process violated the state's 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. The state Supreme Court reversed Griffen's decision last month, allowing the state to officially issue the licenses.
Weeks earlier, a letter from the Arkansas attorney general revealed that a member of the commission claimed an unsuccessful applicant tried to bribe him.
The same five companies that were awarded the cultivation licenses before the injunction by Griffen were given licenses Tuesday.
According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration the cultivation licenses were awarded to Natural State Medicinals Cultivation, Bold Team LLC, Natural State Wellness Enterprises, Osage Creek Cultivation, and Delta Medical Cannabis Company Inc.
“The rules established by the Medical Marijuana Commission require cultivation licenses be issued upon the companies paying the $100,000 license fee and posting a $500,000 performance bond,” the Finance and Administration department states. “With each company completing these requirements and the injunction lifted, each of the five companies listed above received formal notification today through a letter along with a physical copy of the cultivation license.”
Thursday’s scheduled meeting of the Medical Marijuana Commission will include a discussion of next steps regarding unsuccessful cultivation applications. The commission can issue up to eight licenses.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.