Arkansas marijuana cultivator can’t fight for revoked license, judge rules

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(This story has been updated to reflect that Bennett Nolan will get a hearing and he has appeals options.)

An Arkansas medical marijuana cultivator with an invalid license will not be permitted to intervene in a legal challenge to the state’s licensing process.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, it was Bennett Nolan’s second attempt to have his license reinstated.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Herb Wright on Monday ruled that the Fort Smith farmer was too late in both of his attempts to intervene in the litigation.

In November, the judge ruled that regulators had “unreasonably, unlawfully, and capriciously” awarded an MMJ grow license to Nolan’s company, River Valley Relief Cultivation, in 2020 because the application didn’t meet state requirements.

The situation initially came to light after a competing company denied a license filed suit against state regulators.

After the judge’s first ruling, Arkansas regulators sent Wright a letter saying it was moving forward with revoking Nolan’s license.

The Arkansas Times reported that the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) scheduled a Nov. 28 revocation hearing for Nolan.

He can appeal any ruling by that agency’s director to the Alcoholic Beverage Control, an ABC spokesperson told the Times.

And any ruling by that board can be appealed to circuit court, the spokesperson said.