Medical Marijuana Dispensary Caught Using Pesticide; Has Some Calling For …

March 27th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Augusta –

Maine state regulators have found more than 20 violations at a medical marijuana program.

The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services said Monday that it found the use of pesticides in the growing of marijuana, the lack of proper security and the production and sale of an illegal form of marijuana.

DLRS Director Kenneth Albert said that the investigation of the Wellness Connection began at the Auburn grow site, but was extended to all of the company’s facilities. Their investigation resulted in more than 20 violations, the most serious of which included the use of pesticides in the growing operation. The division identified nine pesticides being used. “Part of our agreement with the Wellness Connection is the requirement that all patients will be notified that pesticides have been used and that this practice will cease immediately,” Albert said in a statement released by the Department of Health and Human Services. “The use of pesticides on medical marijuana is not allowed by state law, as the harmful effect of pesticides when ignited and inhaled is not imminently known.” Albert said DLRS identified nine pesticides that were on marijuana that was used in tinctures, baker’s mix and all strains dispensed by the Wellness Connection. In addition, Albert said that the company was selling a product known as keif, which is not permissible under state law. Keif refers to the resin glands of cannabis, which may accumulate in containers or be sifted

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