Judge: How Arkansas pot growers picked illegal

He finds due-process flaws, bias, voids panel’s rankings

Posted: March 22, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

A file photo of marijuana is shown with a screenshot of the first page of Judge Wendell Griffen's order that placed an injunction on the permitting of Arkansas' first five cannabis growers.

A Pulaski County circuit judge Wednesday declared unconstitutional Arkansas' process for licensing the first medical-marijuana growers, citing the appearance of bias and of failure to verify applicants' compliance with key requirements.

Judge Wendell Griffen is shown in this file photo.

Mary Robin Casteel, director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, is shown in this photo.

Little Rock attorney David Couch is shown in this file photo.

Commissioner Travis Story is shown in this file photo.

Dr. J. Carlos Roman is shown in this file photo.

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