A circuit judge in Little Rock ruled Thursday evening that state regulators erred when they awarded a cultivation license to a Fort Smith business in 2020 and said the state should “take all steps necessary to remedy these violations.”
Judge Herbert Wright ruled Thursday that the state Medical Marijuana Commission violated the state Constitution and its own rules when it awarded a cultivation license to River Valley Relief Cultivation and owner Storm Nolan in 2020.
Wright stopped short of stripping Nolan’s license or granting a license to another applicant. Wright said the court does not have such authority but does have the duty point out when the state has exceeded the authority granted to it by the voters in the state Constitution.
Nolan, who was denied an opportunity to intervene in the case this week, declined an opportunity to comment today via text message.
Scott Hardin, spokesman for the state agencies that were defendants in the case, did not respond to a request for comment. The defendants were the state Department of Finance and Administration, the Alcoholic Beverage Control division and the state Medical Marijuana Commission.
Plaintiffs 2600 Holdings, doing business as Southern Roots, argued in the case that the license was issued to River Valley Cultivation in error because River Valley Cultivation’s application proposed using a site that was less than 3,000 feet from the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Facility and because the…