Arkansas judge temporarily blocks new dispensary licenses

February 25, 2020 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge blocked the state Tuesday from issuing more licenses to sell medical marijuana after a state panel rejected Pine Bluff dispensary’s license application.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted a temporary restraining order as requested by Medicanna of Pine Bluff, which had sued the state Medical Marijuana Commission after another dispensary was awarded a license to sell medical marijuana. Griffen scheduled a March 3 hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction against the state.

Medicanna is challenging the commission’s decision to award the license to a lower scoring applicant because Medicanna had received a partial refund of its application fee.


Arkansas voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 legalizing medical marijuana, and the first dispensaries in the state opened last year.