A lawsuit claiming that three medical-marijuana cultivators unfairly refused to sell to a Hot Springs dispensary and asking the state to enact regulations preventing those alleged practices was transferred to Pulaski County on Wednesday.
The complaint from Green Springs Medical, which was originally filed in January, claims that Osage Creek Cultivation of Berryville, Delta Medical Cannabis Co. of Newport and Bold Team of Cotton Plant stopped selling cannabis to the business to retaliate against the dispensary’s CEO, who asked the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission last year to issue more cultivator licenses.
Green Springs Medical is seeking about $5 million in damages, attorney Q. Byrum Hurst said Wednesday. The Medical Marijuana Commission, Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration are also named as defendants.
The dispensary is seeking a mandatory injunction to require the state to establish rules prohibiting cultivators from engaging in “market manipulation by conspiring to trade with a limited number of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries,” as Green Springs Medical alleges, according to the complaint.
In February, the three cultivators asked the court to dismiss the suit, arguing that their licenses don’t require them to sell medical marijuana to any particular dispensary and no