Members of a Mayflower family who failed to acknowledge their relationship on applications for dispensary licenses did not violate Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission rules, regulators said on Wednesday.
The applications by Don Sears, his wife, Frankie, and son Todd were ruled flawed, and the state is demanding paperwork revisions, but the dispensary licenses for Todd Sears’ THC Rx in West Memphis, Don Sears’ Doctor’s Orders Rx in Hot Springs and Frankie Sears’ Pain Free Rx in Pine Bluff won’t be affected.
The Searses each answered no to a dispensary application question about whether owners are “in any way affiliated” with any other dispensary or cultivation applicant. The applications included notarized signatures certifying that the applicants understood that any “misstatement or concealment of fact” could result in license revocation.
The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division investigated the applications after Little Rock lawyer Quentin E. May complained in late January about them, saying it appeared the Sears relatives were trying to establish a “family monopoly” in the state.
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On Wednesday, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division Director Doralee Chandler ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prove the Searses submitted false statements. Still, she ordered them to provide an affidavit stating that ownership is limited to the dispensaries under each of their names.
The family members have 60 days “to execute affidavit sufficiently divesting all equitable claim to or right in property of any dispensary license other than” the dispensary each member owns, respectively.
Members of the Sears family were awarded the following licenses:
THC Rx Inc., 100 percent owned by Todd Sears, located in West Memphis; Doctors Orders RX, 100 percent owned by Don Sears, located in Hot Springs; and PainFree RX, 100 percent owned by Frankie Sears, located in Pine Bluff.
Scott Hardin, spokesman for the