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The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday granted a Fort Smith medical marijuana cultivator’s request to pause the state’s decision to revoke its growing license.
The court agreed to expedite its review of an appeal from River Valley Relief Cultivation after a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled that its license should be stripped and regulators took the first steps Monday to take River Valley Relief’s license.
The high court’s Thursday order means River Valley Relief can continue to operate until the court makes its final decision.
The company has argued that losing the license would cost it millions, result in 75 lost jobs and require large quantities of medical marijuana to be destroyed.
In November, Judge Herb Wright ruled that regulators never should have issued River Valley Relief a license due to several deficiencies with the company’s application and qualifications. The chief problems Wright found were that the location River Valley offered for its facility in the application was too close to a juvenile justice facility and issues with its corporate organization.
That lawsuit was brought by a competing license applicant, Southern Roots Cultivation, which hopes to secure the last of eight lucrative cultivation licenses for itself.
Wright rebuffed several attempts by River Valley Relief to intervene in the litigation; River Valley has also appealed that decision.
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