Utah’s medical pot distribution, growing plans face scrutiny

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Utah officials preparing to launch the state’s medical marijuana program next year face mounting pressure from county attorneys to scrap plans for a state-run dispensary system and lingering scrutiny from companies rejected for growers’ licenses.

The state announced Wednesday it has dismissed appeals from six companies that were denied licenses to grow medical marijuana for Utah’s program, shutting down allegations that the selection process was hasty and biased.

The companies still have one more avenue for appealing to the state, and at least one — North Star Holdings LLC — vowed to keep protesting a process it considers unfair.

“We’re going to take it to court. We’re not going to stop until we do what’s right for Utah cannabis patients,” said Welby Evangelista, the company’s president.

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