MONTGOMERY — Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge James Anderson has stopped the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) from issuing integrated facility licenses next week.
The temporary restraining order granted by Anderson at the request of unsuccessful applicants in December mirrors a motion granted last week brought by Yellowhammer Medical Dispensaries requesting a temporary restraining order on AMCC issuing licenses in the dispensary category. The commission awarded cannabis business licenses for all license categories in December.
The companies awarded integrated facility licenses in December by AMCC were Trulieve AL, Sustainable Alabama, Wagon Trail Med-Serv, Flowerwood Medical Cannabis, and Specialty Medical Products of Alabama.
Integrated facilities are allowed to cultivate, process, dispense, transport and sell medical cannabis.
Anderson said in his order granting the temporary restraining order that a contention that AMCC did not comply with scoring, averaging and ranking rules has "at least a reasonable chance of success on the merits of those claims."
The first round of license awards occurred last June, but the rollout of Alabama's new medical cannabis law has been delayed by litigation from companies who haven't received licenses or received licenses in previous rounds but not in later rounds.
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