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US (AR): Suit filed over grower's site relocation

The mayor of Newport and several other entities sued the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, the Alcoholic Beverage Control and one of the state's five operational medical cannabis cultivators this week over the grower's decision to relocate its facility.

The suit, filed Monday in Jackson County, alleges fraud, conspiracy, and breach of contract in the sale and transfer of Natural State Wellness Enterprises Cultivation as well as a location change, which were both approved by the Medical Marijuana Commission in November.

Regina Thurman, the new owner and one of the defendants in the lawsuit, changed the cultivation company's name to Good Day Farm and is developing its new growing facility in Pine Bluff.

Good Day Farm took over the cultivation license four days after submitting the application to the commission and two days before the company was incorporated. Court documents allege that Good Day Farm "represented itself as a legal entity ... before the [commission] when it knew or should have known that it was not a legal entity."

David Couch, the plaintiffs' attorney, said he found it "shady" that the commission approved the transferred license.


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