Wagon Trail Med-Serv safe amid AMCC legal stalls

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission is gearing up to issue coveted Integrated Facility licenses to qualifying operations on Jan. 9, 2024. (AMCC)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Wagon Trail Med-Serv, Cullman County’s only potential Integrated Facility for producing medical cannabis, is secure in the licensing process. On Dec. 29, 2023, Montgomery Circuit Judge James Anderson issued a temporary restraining order, banning the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) from awarding dispensary licenses. Although a total of five dispensaries throughout the state of Alabama are on the horizon for Wagon Trail Med-Serv, none have been established yet, meaning CEO and President Joey Robertson’s empire is safe for now from restraining orders and legal stays on the issuance of dispensary licenses.

As reported by WHNT News 19: The ruling affects only the licenses intended for dispensaries. Brittany Peters, a spokeswoman for the commission, said (sic) the commission has issued licenses to other companies that were selected to cultivate, transport and test marijuana. The commission next month (January) is set to issue the coveted “integrated” licenses for multifunctional companies that grow, transport and sell medical marijuana. Anderson has not yet ruled on a request to block the issuance of the integrated licenses. (www.whnt.com/news/national/ap-us-news/medical-marijuana-dispensary-licenses-blocked-in-alabama-amid-dispute-over-selection-process)

AMCC board members visited Wagon Trail Med-Serv for a pre-issuance inspection in late December to assess the facility and its operations as it prepares to award licenses to Integrated Facilities on Jan. 9. Robertson said a visit by the AMCC was precisely what his facility needed to cement one of the five coveted licenses.

“The pre-issuance inspection went well. We were able to demonstrate to the AMCC that everything in our application was factual and ahead of our initial projected timelines. The inspection covered not only our existing facilities, but also our future dispensary locations in five different counties,” Robertson said. “I believe we met and exceeded the expectations of the AMCC. We continue to believe that our readiness and experience will allow us to have medical cannabis to the patients of Alabama while meeting all of the AMCC’s standards quicker than anyone else.”

Since the Alabama Legislature voted to allow cannabis for medical use, the process of awarding and issuing licenses has been stalled multiple times for various reasons – twice due to questionable scoring practices and procedure violation allegations. Barring any additional legal roadblocks that could potentially arise, Robertson said he is confident that Wagon Trail Med-Serv will be issued its license by the AMCC on Jan. 9.

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