Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state Medical Marijuana Commission from awarding cultivation licenses Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Judge Griffen issued a restraining order preventing the state from awarding licenses to five companies last week.

Judge Griffen struck down the state's decision to issue its first licenses to grow medical marijuana, on the grounds that the process for awarding the permits and the rankings of applicants were unconstitutional, ruling that the process for awarding the licenses violated a state constitutional amendment voters approved in 2016 legalizing marijuana for patients with certain condition.

The Judge ruled the commission's ranking of the 95 applicants for the cultivation licenses were null and void.