SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three companies are continuing to protest Utah's decision to award a smaller number of medical marijuana grower licenses.

The state's Division of Purchasing said Thursday that companies Pure UT, Total Health Sciences and JLPR are appealing the agency's decision to reject their complaints to the state Procurement Policy Board.

To file the appeal companies had to post a $20,000 bond, which is lost if the complaint is dismissed.

Utah had dismissed appeals from six companies that were denied licenses, and three of those are renewing their objections.

Some applicants have said Utah is granting licenses to unqualified cultivators and will create a cannabis shortage.

State agriculture officials have said they awarded eight licenses despite the law allowing up to 10 growers to avoid an oversupply of marijuana.

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