Lawsuit against Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission dismissed by court
Lawsuit against Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission dismissed by court

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WIAT) – Medical cannabis could soon be available throughout Alabama after a federal court dismissed a lawsuit against the state’s regulatory commission on the matter.

On Friday, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals dismissed the main lawsuit against the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission. The commission, which is responsible for issuing licenses to companies seeking to distribute cannabis, has been facing lawsuits after some applicants claimed they were not fairly compensated for a license.

The Court stated that the Commission was a public authority and therefore could not be named as a defendant in legal proceedings.

Joey Robertson, managing partner of Wagon Trail Med-Serv, which was granted an integrated license, said the ruling represents a positive step forward.

“We may see more lawsuits – who knows,” Robertson said. “But at least the appeals court is standing up and saying, ‘You know what, these cases need to be thrown out, they have no basis, they don’t have any merit – and they should be dismissed.'”

Will Somerville, an attorney representing the rejected applicant, Alabama Always, LLC, said the courts dismissed their lawsuit on a legal technicality, but litigation with another plaintiff is still pending.

“The civil appeals court ordered the district court to dismiss those lawsuits,” Somerville said. “There is another case pending where preliminary injunctions were issued. And that preliminary injunction is still in effect.”

But Ray French, CEO of Specialty Medical Products of Alabama, says otherwise.

“This is a green light to move forward and allow the commission to proceed with its licensing process,” French said.

AMCC Commissioner John McMillan said the group’s legal team is reviewing the decisions. He also said he wants to get the program up and running to take care of patients and their needs.

By Aurora