A Hot Springs marijuana cultivator is facing a fine of $15,500 and a 15-day suspension after a state inspection prompted by neighborhood complaints found a variety of violations.
Nearly 100 people claiming to live near Leafology, formerly known as New Day Cultivation, signed a petition to the Alcoholic Beverage Control division, stating the “smell of marijuana,” noise and lights were having an adverse effect on nearby residents, businesses and home values.
The ABC levied a fine of $15,500 and the first suspension of an operating cultivation facility, according to an August 22 letter from ABC Interim Director Trent Minner.
The violations include a failure to ensure cannabis odors are not perceptible from outside the facility, a failure to maintain video surveillance, discrepancies with digital records of inventory, a failure to create transportation records, improper storage of cannabis and a failure to properly label cannabis.
The inspection also found that the facility “failed to properly utilize the inventory tracking system” and could not locate 9,237 grams (or about 20 pounds) of cannabis.
Leafology appealed the ruling to the state ABC board, which automatically stays the violations until they are heard by the board. Leafology’s appeal was set to be heard this month but the ABC granted the…