Williams To Issue A Temporary Injunction Against The Commission, Arguing The Entire Licensing Process Should Be Stopped Because The Commission Appears Poised To Grant Final Licenses.

Alternative Medicine Maryland asked Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams to issue a temporary injunction against the commission, arguing the entire licensing process should be stopped because the commission appears poised to grant final licenses. The company first wants the court to weigh in on whether the law was followed during the process. In the motion, the company’s lawyers argued that a lawyer for the state admitted during a deposition last week that regulators did not consider applicants’ race when awarding preliminary licenses as required by law. The request for an emergency halt to the process comes as the marijuana commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss the progress of 15 companies that did win initial approval to grow marijuana — a meeting that is among the final steps in the process to begin legal cultivation of medical marijuana. None of Medical marijuana stocks the 15 companies that won initial approval to grow the drug are led by African-Americans, who make up about a third of the state’s population. “Time is of the essence,” Alternative Medicine Maryland’s lawyers wrote to Judge Williams. “It is undisputed that the commission made no attempt to … actively seek racial and ethnic diversity throughout the licensing process.” The commission’s chairman, Paul Davies, did not respond to a request for comment. The leader of a medical marijuana industry group said in a statement that the filing would delay making medical marijuana available to patients in the name of “money and power.” “This is a frivolous legal filing by an out-of state company and its lobbyist that threatens to delay Maryland’s medical cannabis program even further,” said Jake Van Wingerden, chairman of the Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Association. Alternative Medicine Maryland “was unsuccessful in its home state of New York, did not even finish in the top 20 in Maryland’s double-blind application process, and is now seeking to disrupt Maryland’s medical cannabis program to satisfy its own greed.” The state law legalizing medical marijuana required the commission to “actively seek” racial diversity among approved growers and distributors.

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