State investigates growing facility related to Thomaston medical marijuana … – Courier

March 11th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Thomaston — A spokesperson for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the state is investigating one of the medical marijuana facilities affiliated with the Thomaston dispensary, but will not say what the investigation concerns.

A statement the company made on Facebook also discusses its pest control procedures.

John Martins, a state spokesperson, confirmed March 11 that the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services is investigating the marijuana-cultivating operation in Auburn run by Wellness Connection of Maine.

Wellness Connection also operates the dispensary at 149 New County Road (Route 1) in Thomaston.

The investigation began sometime last week.

On March 6, Wellness Connection issued a statement on its Facebook page saying it was “experiencing system-wide technical challenges.” As a result, the dispensaries would be closed for a time in Portland, Thomaston, Brewer and Hallowell. Thomaston was set to reopen March 11, at 8 a.m.

It issued a longer statement March 9:

“As many of you have read, last week a WCM production facility was inspected by the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services … the regulatory agency with oversight over our operation.

“The inspectors conducted a thorough review of all aspects of our facility, including our inventory controls, security, record-keeping and pest control procedures, …and took live and dried samples for testing at a state laboratory. While the inspection did briefly interrupt our operations, we are pleased to work with the state as they implement the strict regulatory oversight that Maine’s medical marijuana statute requires of dispensaries. Inspections are not uncommon in industries

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