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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) – Hopeful medical cannabis companies involved in a lawsuit against the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission will be allowed to question commissioners in court.

This is the latest developments in the ongoing lawsuit. The judge ruled that the companies will be able to question five commission members as well as Director John McMillian in court to get insight into the commission’s business licensing process.

The judge did not limit the subject matter of the questions but made it clear that deponents may refuse to answer questions based on privilege.

Lawyers representing the companies say they are one step closer to a legal licensing process. But companies that did receive licenses are ready to start growing product.

“We’re holding on for the people of Alabama. We know that we’re the most ready to bring it to market,” said Ray French, who was award a business license. “We know that this is something that we can do and provide in a safe and effective manner.”

Alabama Always lawyer Will Somerville said, “It has never followed the statutory criteria. I don’t understand why they keep ignoring those. But they have and if they can finally come to a decision that satisfies those criteria, then I think it will be best for everybody.”

Each deposition could last up to seven hours. The depositions will take place Feb. 28.

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