City Must Halt Pot License Policy Accused Of Favoring Locals

Law360 (August 14, 2020, 9:31 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that the city of Portland, Maine, can't enforce a policy that allegedly shows favoritism to locally owned pot businesses, granting a request for a preliminary injunction filed by a cannabis company with ties to industry giant Acreage Holdings. 

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen granted the injunction request brought by NPG LLC — which does business as Maine dispensary Wellness Connection and is owned by High Street Capital Partners LLC — enjoining the city from enforcing two criteria on its points matrix for doling out 20 dispensary licenses.

"It is unlikely that the city will be able...

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