Valley Said The Lawsuit Is Not An Issue Because It Was Withdrawn.

The action also sought to overturn the DOH’s decision to award licenses to certain companies that allegedly failed to comply with program requirements or lacked financial resources to operate. In September, the suit was put on hold as both sides sought an “amicable resolution,” according to court records. In November, the action was withdrawn, more than a month after DOH confirmed it was reaching out to a second group of applicants. Now, Valley is being considered for entry to the tightly regulated state-run program. It is one of five companies the next five highest-scoring companies that did not win licenses in 2015 that submitted updated application materials last week as the department seeks to double the number of “registered organizations” over two years. DOH wants to hand out new licenses by July. There is no clear indication that Valley’s Medical marijuana legal action, filed in Albany County Supreme Court, prompted the second round of consideration that may lead to Valley obtaining a license. But the lawsuit, which has apparently never been the subject of reporting, outlines in broad strokes allegations of malfeasance in the initial licensing process. Valley said the lawsuit is not an issue because it was withdrawn. “Valley decided that it was better to look forward to competing for new licenses rather than worrying about the last round,” spokesman Bob Bellafiore said. “The fact is the state is responding to what patient advocates are saying and working to get more, better and cheaper medicines to sick people who need them, as well as doing it efficiently and effectively,” he said.

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