EASTABOGA — On Tuesday, Gov. Kay Ivey voiced her "confidence" in embattled Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) director John McMillan.

This week, Montgomery County Circuit Judge James Anderson extended a temporary restraining order on most AMCC proceedings until September 6 over concerns the commission violated the state's Open Meetings Act during its meeting on August 10, in which it awarded 24 licenses.

The restraining order likely signals the earliest AMCC officials could re-award licenses for a third time would be sometime in September.

Ivey supported McMillan's leadership and emphasized the importance of getting the process "right."

"Sure, I still have confidence in Mr. McMillan's leadership," Ivey stated. "And look, medical cannabis can be very effective and helpful for certain people with chronic illnesses - I get that. And it's important that we get this process ... done right and [we're] productive and responsible and reliable, so I'm all for this commission going forward."

The AMCC's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

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