Nevada's Cannabis Compliance Board called an emergency meeting and voted unanimously to suspend the medical and adult-use cultivation and production licenses of a Las Vegas cannabis company.
The CCB determined Helping Hands Wellness Center's actions posed a present threat to public health and safety.
According to a news release, over a months-long investigation including a series of on-site inspections and review of surveillance camera footage, CCB agents discovered Helping Hands’ employees concealed and intended to divert cannabis and cannabis products, in addition to other significant security deficiencies. Upon review of surveillance footage, Board agents observed and heard Helping Hands’ employees including a manager attempting to hide cannabis and discussing plans to remove cannabis plants from the facility in December.
During a follow-up visit in January, Board agents uncovered untagged cannabis plants in the facility, which could not be properly traced in the State’s seed-to-sale tracking system. The CCB said diversion presents a threat to public health and safety as it results in untracked and untested cannabis and cannabis products that may enter the illicit market.
Helping Hands Wellness Center is required to submit a plan of correction to the CCB for approval in order to lift the order and shall not resume operations until the CCB has confirmed the deficiencies identified in the order have been corrected.
This is the first summary suspension issued by the CCB in 2023.