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Applicants unhappy with the Medical Marijuana Commission’s scoring of the top five applicants for cultivation permits under the new medical marijuana law are protesting how the selections were made. Letters of protest to the commission and also a lawsuit has been filed by one of the losers, Naturalis Health. Our own Rep. Scott Baltz issued a letter to the director of Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration regarding a rumor he had heard that some of the top applicants for permits are not in compliance with rules that applicants have no outstanding state tax delinquencies. The director of the agency responded that the deficiencies only applied to individual applicants, not corporations. Randolph County was not a potential site but Newport, in Jackson County was the recipient of two facilities.
The lawsuit filed by Naturalis Health asked for an injunction against awarding the permits. The lawsuit claims conflicts of interest or bias among the commissioners.

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