By John LovettTimes [email protected]
River Valley Relief Cultivation in Fort Smith will have another shot at obtaining a cultivation license now that an Arkansas circuit judge has declared the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission’s initial decisions “null and void” and in violation of state Constitution Amendment 98 based on a lack of verification and apparent conflicts of interest between two of the commissioners and two of the companies that were nearly granted cultivation licenses.
Storm Nolan of River Valley Relief said he feels the decision by 6th Judicial Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen in Pulaski County will provide more “confidence” in the program. River Valley Relief tied for sixth place among 95 applicants. The commission is allowed to grant eight cultivation licenses but has chosen to begin with just five.
“I think it gives the people of Arkansas more confidence in the way the program is rolled out,” Nolan said Wednesday morning after the ruling was filed.
River Valley Relief Cultivation had issued a letter to the commission March 14 calling out one of the top five picks as having submitted false information