UPDATE: ABC director revokes River Valley Relief’s cultivation license November 28, 2022 By Griffin Coop The director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division revoked River Valley Relief’s cultivation license after a nearly hour-long hearing Monday. Most of the hearing involved River Valley attorney Joseph Falasco questioning River Valley owner Storm Nolan about the three allegations against the Fort Smith cultivator. The allegations stem from a ruling by Circuit Court Judge Herb Wright, who found that the cultivation facility’s original proposed location was less than 3,000 feet from a school, that the original business entity had been dissolved and that Nolan no longer possessed the property in his original applications. Nolan addressed each count while under oath, saying that he was trying to abide by the state Medical Marijuana Commission’s rules and the guidelines of the secretary of state. Nolan can appeal the decision by ABC director Doralee Chandler to the full Alcoholic Beverage Control division board and could appeal a decision by that board to circuit court, according to ABC spokesman Scott Hardin. Nolan’s attorney filed an appeal of Wright’s ruling to the state Supreme Court last week. The attorney’s notice of appeal said he would contest “each and every issue decided adversely to Nolan and River Valley.” UPDATE: After the meeting, Nolan said he does intend to appeal Chandler’s ruling to the ABC board in addition to pursuing his Supreme Court appeal of Wright’s ruling. The next ABC board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 21. Hardin said the next step in revoking River Valley’s license will be for an ABC enforcement agent to serve the order to River Valley Relief to formally revoke the permit. Nolan said he has asked the Supreme Court that proceedings be stayed until his appeal is heard before the court. Wright ruled earlier this month that the state Medical Marijuana Commission erred when it issued a license to Nolan. The plaintiff in the case, 2600 Holdings (doing business as Southern Roots), filed a motion with Wright on Nov. 15, saying that the state was not moving fast enough in revoking the license. The motion also called for canceling today’s hearing and said that the defendants, such as Chandler, should show why they should not be held in contempt. Wright has not ruled on the motion. Chandler filed a response last week.