Local marijuana dispensaries cited for violations – Hot Springs Sentinel

Numerous violations were found at the county’s two medical marijuana dispensaries during July 17 inspections, the state said Thursday.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division cited Green Springs Medical LLC, 309 Seneca St., and Doctor’s Orders RX Inc., 4897 Malvern Ave., for violating rules promulgated by the state Medical Marijuana Commission.

The dispensaries were the first of 32 licensed statewide to legally sell marijuana in Arkansas. Their combined sales since opening in May have accounted for a large percentage of sales statewide.

Settlement offers the state-issued earlier this week listed numerous infractions. In addition to 47 counts of improper labeling and failure to maintain video surveillance systems, Green Springs was cited for failing to maintain biometric locks, not restricting access to areas where marijuana is stored and displaying banners outside the dispensary.

The settlement offer proposed a $13,500 fine, with $5,875 suspended upon successful completion of a 180-day probation period. The state said Green Springs had not formally responded to the offer as of Thursday morning. It has until Oct. 1 to accept it or request a hearing. The state can assess fines of up to $5,000 per violation.

Doctor’s Orders accepted its settlement offer and paid a $3,550 fine, the state said. The offer included a 180-day probation period. It was charged with improper packaging and storage, improper labeling, changing operational plans without prior notification, failing to post signage for limited access areas, failing to restrict access to those areas and not having a video surveillance system in areas where marijuana is stored.

The commission approved Doctor’s Orders change of ownership Wednesday, allowing Donald Sears to sell the dispensary to Mark Drennan. The contract for sale signed Tuesday conditioned the transfer on the commission approving the ownership change.

According to Drennan’s application, he owns

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