Arkansas Family Council Sued By Marijuana Vending Machine Firm

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The Arkansas Family Council was sued Friday by a company that makes “Medbox” machines, which dispense medical marijuana in other states.

A replica of a machine was used in a Tuesday press conference by the Family Council to argue against a medical marijuana initiative that will be on the November 6 ballot known as Issue No. 5.

David Goins with our content partner, Fox 16 News, reports:

The company that produces medical marijuana vending machines sued Family Council Action Committee and Jerry Cox on Friday for defamation, negligence and trademark violations related to a press conference earlier this week.

Medicine Dispensing Systems Inc and Kind Clinics LLC also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday in federal court in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Attorneys for the “Medbox” machines say statements made by Cox during a Tuesday press conference “damage the reputation of the Plaintiffs and are falsely derogatory.”

The 16-page suit also alleges that Family Council Action Committee altered the Medbox product by displaying a prop of a machine with a marijuana leaf depicted on the bottom.

“Defendants’ false statements, altering the appearance of Plaintiff’s product and displaying it at the news conference at the Arkansas State Capitol irreparably harmed Plaintiff.”

The Family Council says it has referred the matter to its attorney. Read more from Goins’ report at this link.