Cox, spokeswoman for the medical marijuana program, described the legal fees as a one-time cost associated with getting Missouri’s program up and running.
She said the state received 2,270 facility applications but only awarded 348 total licenses, which the department, in an informational flier, claimed was “more than enough” to meet the demands of Missouri patients.
“The number of appeals is not an indication of flaws in the process, but rather the high number of applicants,” Cox said.
Not so, said Chuck Hatfield, a Jefferson City attorney representing eight clients with cases before the Administrative Hearing Commission.
Hatfield said some of his clients submitted the same answers on their applications as other applicants yet received lower scores from the state’s third-party scorer, Nevada-based Wise Health Solutions.
“They answered verbatim the way other applicants answered, because a lot of the applicants shared common consultants on certain…