Vassar Cannabis Center Penalized for Storing Marijuana in Attic

January 26th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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The Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) has imposed significant penalties on 664 Vassar, LLC, operating as Premier Provisioning Center #2 in Vassar, Michigan, for multiple compliance violations. The regulatory action includes a substantial fine of $212,000 and a 30-day suspension of the facility's operations, effective from February 3rd through March 3rd, 2024.

During a compliance check on April 21st, 2022, CRA inspectors discovered several regulatory breaches at the facility. Key violations included:

  1. Storage of expired marijuana products, such as distillate carts, medicated syrup, gummies, and chocolates, in an unmonitored area within the facility (the attic).
  2. Discovery of 15 different strains of untagged marijuana flower stored inappropriately in a garbage bag, away from surveillance.
  3. Presence of untagged "house wax" in various forms, not under video surveillance.
  4. Mislabeling of approximately 38 jars and several sheets of house wax with the same tracking tag number.
  5. Improper storage of Round Up pesticide in proximity to marijuana products.
  6. Storage of hundreds of small jars of unregulated caregiver "house wax."
  7. Possession of untagged medicated syrup named 'Chill Medicated.'

In response to these findings, the CRA requested 30 days of video surveillance footage on April 22nd, 2022. However, 664 Vassar, LLC failed to provide fully functional footage, leaving the origins of the mentioned products untraceable.

To address these infractions, 664 Vassar, LLC is required to update and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) within 40 days, covering various aspects of operation including the statewide monitoring system, sales, transfers, storage of marijuana products, and chemical storage. Additionally, the facility must conduct thorough training for all managers and employees on these SOPs, providing comprehensive documentation of the training process.

Furthermore, within 160 days, 664 Vassar, LLC is obligated to organize the destruction of all untagged marijuana products in the presence of a CRA staff member, alongside providing video evidence of compliant destruction. The facility is also required to conduct an inventory audit and report any discrepancies between physical inventory and the statewide monitoring system records.

This enforcement action underscores the CRA's commitment to maintaining regulatory compliance within Michigan's cannabis industry, ensuring safety and adherence to established standards.

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