SALT LAKE CITY – Utah officials on Friday issued eight cultivation licenses to medical cannabis production companies, including out-of-state entities.
Initially, ten medical cannabis cultivation licenses were allowed by law to be granted by the state but two were held back, with Department of Agriculture officials citing oversupply concerns. Reportedly, ten companies had been notified of approval, but two were left out of final approval.
Now, one of those companies, Colorado-based North Star Holdings has filed a protest with Utah’s Division of Purchasing and General Services. The cannabis producer had partnered with a local conventional plant grower, Baskets & Bowls, located in Sandy, Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that North Star Holdings told local FOX 13 “it would not rule out a lawsuit.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that another cannabis company – Tintic United Bioscience LLC and CEO Michael “Caddy” Cadwell – are also considering filing an appeal in what Cadwell called an “unfair licensing process.”
Both companies are advocating for licenses to be granted as originally scheduled, to avoid a shortage of medical cannabis for Utah patients.