Maine cannabis screening laboratory closed over licensing concern

( This story has actually been upgraded with more details from Maine’s Workplace of Cannabis Policy.)

Massachusetts-based cannabis screening business ProVerde Laboratories closed down its Portland, Maine, place after community authorities stated it was running without the needed regional permissions.

The closure was initially reported by the Portland Press Herald.

A December assessment by Portland authorities “exposed that (ProVerde was) running a cannabis company out of the business residential or commercial property at 220 Industrial Method without an authorization, certificate of tenancy, or company license,” according to a notification of infraction dated Dec. 15 and shown Cannabis Company Daily by city authorities.

An authorization application to alter the status of the system from a storage facility or storage place to a lab “is still in evaluation and has actually not been authorized or provided at this time,” according to the notification.

” You presently do not have city approval to run a cannabis company, as you have actually not finished the modification of usage procedure and do not have a certificate of tenancy for lab usage.”

ProVerde likewise hasn’t requested a “cannabis screening center company license,” the notification stated.

City authorities alerted ProVerde that if it didn’t stop running, it might be disqualified from holding a cannabis company license in Portland for 5 years.

A reinspection is arranged for Feb. 2, according to the notification.

ProVerde did not instantly react to ask for remark from MJBizDaily on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the business’s Chief Scientific Officer Christopher Hudalla informed journalism Herald “he was not mindful licensing was needed for medical cannabis screening, just leisure or adult usage, and is looking for information from authorities.”

ProVerde got a short-term license from Portland in April 2020 that has actually given that ended, journalism Herald reported.

Hudalla informed the paper the business prepares to get another license.

Maine’s Workplace of Cannabis Policy (OMP) stated the state has “a minimum of 7 facilities presently or future offering screening services of some kind to medical marijuana-related companies in Maine,” consisting of ProVerde.

” Screening is just compulsory in Maine’s adult usage cannabis program,” composed OMP representative David Heidrich in an e-mail.

” So for the last numerous years, screening centers running in Maine have actually been offering voluntary screening to interested medical registrants and have actually not been officially signed up with OMP.”

— Solomon Israel

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