Problems with medical marijuana applications sparks concern

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A few months ago we told you about one of the people hired by the Department of Commerce to score medical marijuana applications being a convicted drug dealer.

That has sparked concerns that the medical marijuana program could be delayed by a lawsuit filed by companies who were denied licenses as a result of the scoring.

Senator Coley said the best way to make sure all the best companies have access to medical marijuana Licenses, is to re-score the applications.

Senator Coley said, “I just don’t see a problem with that and it removes the cloud of suspicion that’s flying around this program right now.”

And Coley said doing nothing could put the program in jeopardy, something he doesn’t want.

“If they’re not open to this kind of process a judge could order the whole thing be held up and that would prevent people from being up and ready on September 8th,” said Senator Coley.

With that said, part of his bill allows the Department of Commerce to refuse to fully implement any fixes the auditor recommends.

But it also said that no final licenses can be given out if those fixes are not fully implemented.

Minority Leader Kenny Yuko said that leaving that door open is unacceptable.

Yuko said, “When he puts that type of language in there it’s going to cause a delay and like I said, if you’re a parent of a young girl, 14 months old, having seizures every day, you don’t want to hear about this stuff. You want to hear that we’re going to get it up and running and we’re going to give these families and their kids a quality of life that they so richly deserve.”

With only a few weeks before legislators go on summer break this bill would have to be fast tracked, and after talking to Senate President Larry Obhof on Thursday, it doesn’t appear that is currently in the plans.

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