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State board revokes Inexperienced Springs dispensary license

LICENSE REVOKED: Dragan Vicentic, heart, speaks with lawyer Justin Hurst at a listening to Wednesday.

State regulators revoked the license of a Scorching Springs medical marijuana dispensary proprietor Wednesday, a day earlier than the dispensary is about to ask one other state board to approve its sale to a brand new proprietor. 

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board stripped Dragan Vicentic of his license to function Inexperienced Springs Medical dispensary at 309 Seneca St. in Scorching Springs. The license revocation was the primary within the historical past of the state medical marijuana program, which was created after voters permitted a constitutional modification in 2016. 

Vicentic can attraction the choice to circuit courtroom. 

Tomorrow, the state Medical Marijuana Fee is about to think about Inexperienced Springs Medical’s beforehand scheduled request to sell its license to Carla McCord, the bulk proprietor of Garland County cultivator Leafology. 

ABC officers have mentioned the revoked license isn’t transferable, calling into query whether or not the Medical Marijuana Fee can approve the sale at tomorrow’s assembly. 

At Wednesday’s assembly, ABC Board members heard about 5 hours of testimony from a pair of attorneys who introduced the state’s case. They sounded exasperated with what it mentioned had been fruitless makes an attempt to get Vicentic to comply with the state’s guidelines. 

ABC Director Christy Bjornson mentioned Vicentic “received’t permit us to control him.” 

Vicentic stood accused of promoting product with expired lab checks greater than 1,800 instances. Regulators mentioned the dispensary additionally confirmed an incapacity to find sure merchandise, didn’t label merchandise correctly and stored its premises unsanitary.

Bjornson and ABC employees legal professional Chip Leibovich introduced the state’s case and known as a number of brokers to testify about their inspections of the dispensary. The testimony included dialogue of lacking objects, expired merchandise, labeling necessities and an agent’s undercover buy of expired merchandise. 

Vicentic’s legal professionals questioned the state’s witnesses, however the dispensary proprietor additionally spoke on his personal behalf. Vicentic appeared to offer unclear, difficult and evasive solutions. At one level, Leibovich objected to Vicentic’s “stream of consciousness” testimony. 

In her closing argument, Bjornson mentioned Vicentic’s solutions didn’t disprove any of the violations towards him. She mentioned his responses had been complicated as a result of “he’s not telling you the reality.”

“He’ll deceive your face,” she mentioned. 

In closing, Vicentic’s lawyer, Justin Hurst, described his shopper as “a tough man to get together with.” However, “not liking somebody doesn’t imply he’s executed something improper,” he mentioned.

Hurst argued that the state had not proved that the fees towards Vicentic amounted to endangering anybody, because the state had alleged. The legal professional mentioned the board may impose lesser penalties, equivalent to a suspension reasonably than revocation, which he had earlier described because the “demise penalty.” 

All board members voted in favor of upholding all however one in every of Bjornson’s allegations towards Vicentic, in addition to her resolution to revoke the license. They didn’t uphold one allegation that mentioned Vicentic had not cooperated with ABC enforcement. 

The ABC board additionally signed an order that can permit Vicentic to promote his current merchandise to different medical marijuana licensees within the subsequent 30 days or eliminate them. ABC spokesman Scott Hardin mentioned the company was within the course of Wednesday afternoon of eradicating the dispensary from BioTrack, the state’s stock monitoring system, which might forestall the shop from finishing up gross sales.

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