LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas’ medical marijuana regulatory commission used different scoring guides when ranking cannabis growing license applications earlier this year, causing inconsistencies in panelists’ grading.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analyzed the five-member Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission’s scoring of 20 companies’ applications.
The analysis has found three commissioners turned in score sheets showing the grader what the top possible score was for each category. One commissioner used a scoring guide listing a range of possible grades for each category. The chairwoman used a guide without any numbers assigned to each qualification level.
Democratic Rep. Scott Baltz says the process should be scrapped and restarted.
The discrepancy is considered the latest in a series of irregularities in the licensing process uncovered by unsuccessful applicants, lawmakers and the media. Arkansas legalized medical marijuana in 2016, but it remains unavailable in the state.