A local medical marijuana dispensary has requested a hearing with the director of Alcoholic Beverage Control after ABC’s enforcement division cited it for numerous violations during a July inspection.
The state Department of Finance and Administration, the agency that oversees ABC, said Dragan Vicentic, CEO of Green Springs Medical LLC, the only licensed medical marijuana purveyor in incorporated Hot Springs, requested a hearing. DFA said the hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 28.
Green Springs and fellow Garland County dispensary Doctor’s Orders RX Inc. were the first locations to sell marijuana legally in Arkansas when they opened in May. Violations were also found during a July inspection of Doctor’s Orders, which accepted the state’s settlement offer of a $3,550 fine and a 180-day probation.
DFA said Fiddler’s Green in Mountain View is the only other dispensary that’s been cited for a violation. Ten of the 32 dispensaries licensed statewide are operating after Harvest in Conway opened Friday, DFA said. More than $12 million in medical marijuana has been sold statewide since the first sales were made in Garland County.
The offer of settlement ABC sent Vicentic last month listed 47 counts of improper storage, failure to maintain video surveillance systems, failure to maintain biometric locks, failure to restrict access to sensitive areas and violation of signage rules. The offer proposed a $13,500 fine, with $5,875 suspended upon successful completion of a 180 day probation period.
A lawsuit filed against Vicentic last month in Garland County Circuit Court by Bruce Simpson, who’s listed as Green Springs’ security manager/vice chairman and a 40 percent owner on the company’s application for a dispensary license, accused Vicentic of “systematically and continuously” violating rules and regulations promulgated by the state’s Medical Marijuana Commission.
A four-hour hearing was held Monday on Simpson’s request for a