US (AR): Cannabis facility slapped with hefty fine for multiple regulatory violations

A Hot Springs cannabis cultivation facility was fined thousands of dollars after state officials determined they violated a series of charges. Leafology, which was facing fines up to $15,500 and a 15-day suspension, walked away from the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's meeting owing $10,500.

Charges ranged from failure to keep odors under control and failure to properly label and store medical cannabis in a safe or vault, among other violations. Prior to the meeting, Leafology paid $5,000 for 9,237 grams of inventory that could not be located.

During the ABC meeting, agents who wrote the violations were questioned about their findings, and residents living near the Garland County cultivation facility shared their concerns. Phil Higdon said he lives on the south side of the facility and shared his concerns about odor, noise, and smell.

"I think $10,500 fine is probably they make that every second of the day, so I don't think that's impacted their pocketbook at all," he said. "The suspension would have been a better thing, as far as them really getting serious about correcting the problem, which they haven't."


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