GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lawsuit Filed in Dispute Over Marijuana Business

By Sentinel Staff
    Sitka businessman Connor Nelson has filed a lawsuit in which he is seeking repayment of $135,545.67 in loans and vendor payments from another resident in a marijuana business venture.
    Nelson’s lawsuit against Aaron Bean is related to loans Nelson has made since February 2016 to Bean’s marijuana business, Green Leaf Inc., located in structures owned by Nelson at 4614 HPR.
    “Despite the repeated demand for payment, Bean refuses to enter into a written loan repayment arrangement or make consistent payments to pay back the debt,” Nelson said in the complaint that he filed in Superior Court in July.
    Bean has filed a response and counterclaims alleging breach of contract.
    Bean said in court documents that Nelson had agreed to provide cash and in-kind contributions to Green Leaf Inc., and to sell him the two structures where Green Leaf Inc. grows marijuana at $180,000 per unit over 15 years, at 6 percent. He said Green Leaf had agreed to make cash payments to Nelson for the two buildings and transfer 10 percent of Green Leaf capital stock to Nelson.
    Bean said he has fulfilled the terms of his obligations, but Nelson had not.
    Nelson responded on Sept. 10, saying Bean had not fulfilled his obligations as stipulated.
    Both are seeking damages to be determined at trial, plus attorney fees and costs.
    Nelson is married to Valorie Nelson, who is running for Assembly in the October 2 election. Bean is a member of the Assembly, and is running for mayor.
    When contacted by the Sentinel, both Bean and Valorie Nelson said the lawsuit would not interfere with their ability to work together at the Assembly table.
    “I’m not the first person these people have sued, and I’m probably not the last,” Bean said.
    Valorie Nelson added today Bean has not held up his side of the agreement, or responded to requests for paperwork when she offered her help.

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