Seeds of doubt planted around medical marijuana businesses

June 18th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

    There is not enough evidence to support why the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ panel picked certain medical marijuana dispensary applications over others, according to a recent court decision.

    So now the four-person panel has to review the entire dispensary approval process for York, Hancock and Washington counties, being ordered by the court to find more evidence to justify its decisions, which were appealed in Franklin Superior Court in Farmington.

    Justice MaryGay Kennedy last week ordered the review of the decisions by which medical marijuana dispensaries could open in the three counties, according to court documents.

    It’s still unclear what impact the review could have on the dispensaries that are already growing marijuana for patients. There are currently two dispensaries — one in Biddeford and the other Whitneyville — operating based on the approvals that are being reviewed.

    Catherine Cobb, director of Health and Human Services’ Licensing and Regulatory Division, said it’s speculative to comment on what could happen if the panel’s decisions are overturned.

    The dispensary approval panel and other officials will be meeting soon with the Maine Attorney General’s Office to discuss the next step, Cobb said.

    “The department’s position on the case is that we have provided adequate documentation to support the decisions,” she said in a phone interview.

    Today’s Herbal Care, a medical marijuana group that had applications to open a dispensary rejected, filed the appeal, which Justice Kennedy supported in the decision filed

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