Massachusetts well being regulators briefly closed two medical marijuana dispensaries after a test got here up constructive for a pesticide.
The dispensaries – that are owned by Healthy Pharms and are situated in Cambridge and Georgetown – notified state officers of the test outcomes and have been then advised they must stop retail gross sales “until further notice,” The Boston Globe reported.
In specific, a pattern batch was discovered to have bifenthrin, “a pesticide commonly used in food products” however which is prohibited by the state to be used in cannabis grows, the Globe reported.
Healthy Pharms stated not one of the contaminated cannabis was bought to sufferers, and the corporate’s lawyer advised the Globe that no marijuana crops have been sprayed with bifenthrin.
According to the lawyer, a room on the cultivation facility turned contaminated after staff used an off-the-shelf product to sanitize the room earlier than shifting crops again in.
Some of the corporate’s crops then turned contaminated with residual quantities of the pesticide, the lawyer stated.
“This is the department following the regulations to a T, and Healthy Pharms is doing their best to go along with that,” the lawyer advised the Globe.
Massachusetts MMJ corporations have been underneath intense scrutiny by state regulators for years.