Third Lawsuit Filed Over Alabama’s Bungled Cannabis Licensing Process

The embattled Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) is facing another lawsuit tied to its medical cannabis application process, WBRC reports. Medella LLC is suing the agency for defamation claiming the AMCC evaluations implied, inaccurately, that one of the company’s owners or senior directors had a criminal record. 

The overview of applicant evaluations submitted to the AMCC included a column labeled “Pass/Fail Items noted,” with letters of the alphabet included to indicate different kinds of pass/fail issues. The letter “A,” according to the summary given to Commissioners, indicated “Criminal Conviction History (felony or controlled-substance-related misdemeanor /ten years).” Medella is listed with an “A” in that summary, despite not having any ownership or senior members with such a conviction. 

The AMCC on Monday updated its website with a new version of the evaluations which removed the letter “A” from all but one applicant, including Medella. The AMCC defended Medella’s inclusion on the original, published, evaluation saying the “A” designation was due to the agency not receiving all of the company’s required criminal background checks. 

The lawsuit is asking a judge to issue an injunction prohibiting the Commission from “continuing to make defamatory statements against” the company

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