Supreme Court rules in favor of River Valley

Supreme Court rules in favor of River Valley



River Valley Relief Cultivation won a court battle Thursday after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled against another applicant that questioned the issuance of the Fort Smith marijuana producer’s license. 

In a case that involved arguments over the state’s confusing sovereign immunity laws, 2600 Holdings d/b/a/ Southern Roots argued that River Valley’s license should be rescinded and that 2600 Holdings should receive the license instead. 

In a majority opinion written by Justice Barbara Webb, the court ruled to dismiss the case on sovereign immunity grounds after a circuit court judge refused to do so. The court also ruled that it did not have subject matter jurisdiction to rescind River Valley’s license and award it to 2600 Holdings. 

According to its application, 2600 Holdings is owned by 16 individuals. The four managing members are Carl Johnson, Daniel Rogers, Pamela Pierce and Kathy Hartwell. Pierce owns the largest share of the business with 23.5% and Johnson owns 20%, according to the documents.