State tells Thomaston medical marijuana dispensary: stop using insecticides …

March 29th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — Patients obtaining medical marijuana in Thomaston, Hallowell, Portland and Brewer were possibly inhaling, injesting or absorbing not only THC, but residues of pesticides and fungicides spread under the labels of Doktor Doom and Monterey Garden Insect Spray.

As a result, Wellness Connection, the nonprofit responsible for growing and distributing the marijuana, must clean up its cultivation practices, as well as the conduct of its board of directors.

On March 25, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services signed a consent agreement with Northeast Patients Group, doing business as Wellness Connection of Maine. The agreement followed inspections on March 4 and 6 of the Wellness Connection Auburn cultivation site, and the March 14 inspection of the Thomaston cultivation site, as well as the nonprofit’s four dispensaries. The Thomaston dispensary is at 149 New County Road.

“Based upon these inspections, the department determined that Wellness Connection was not in compliance with the Act or the Rules,” the consent agreement said. That referenced act is the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, as approved in 2009.

“For several months, marijuana plants that had pesticides applied were utilized to produce various medical cannibas products, including tinctures, baker’s mix, and all strains of medical marijuana dispensed by Wellness Connection of Maine,” the state said in its violation notice.  DHHS stipulated that Wellness Connection post the violation notice at its dispensaries and distribute to patients.

Northeast Patients Group, or Wellness Connection, was established as

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