Medical Cannabis Company Sues Georgia Regulators, Alleges Licensing Process Was Marred By ‘Conflict of Interest’

Medical Cannabis Company Sues Georgia Regulators, Alleges Licensing Process Was Marred By ‘Conflict of Interest’
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<![CDATA[Despite lawmakers’ efforts this year to revive the rollout of Georgia’s medical cannabis program, the licensing process has largely stalled due to challenges brought by unsuccessful applicants.Now, a medical cannabis company that was not granted a license has sued the state’s regulators, alleging that the licensing process was marred by “conflict of interest,” according to a local FOX 5 report.The lawsuit, filed by Cumberland Curative against the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, claims that the licenses were “bought and sold through closed door politics and back room deals,” the news outlet reported.RELATED: Georgia’s Small Farmers Shut Out During ‘Secretive’ Cannabis Licensing Process, Advocate Says”If there is no wrongdoing or corruption, then why not turn these applications, evaluation sheets, etc. over to the public?” Cumberland Curative President Charlie Arnold told FOX 5.Cumberland Curative filed its lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that the scoring of the applications was “clouded by substantial conflict of interest,” according to the news outlet.”We heard in December of 2020, before the applications were submitted, directly from high up, public officials in both Democrat and Republican Party, that four of the six licenses are spoken for,” Arnold told FOX 5.Since 2015, Georgia’s registered patients can legally possess cannabis oil containing a maximum of 5% THC, but they have no way to legally purchase the oil, which has yet to be produced and sold in the state.RELATED: How Are Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Patients Supposed to Access Cannabis Oil?Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation in 2019 to establish a regulatory framework for the production, processing and sale of medical cannabis oil in the state, and the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission licensed six companies in July 2021 to serve the market.Sixteen unsuccessful applicants then challenged the licensing process, which has since stalled the rollout of the program.Legislation…

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