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Michigan Cannabis Company Fined Over $200K for Storing Expired Products in 'Bathroom Area'

The company also received a 30-day suspension.

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Michigan's Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) issued a $212,000 fine and a 30-day suspension of Premier Provisioning Center, from Saturday, February 3, 2024 through Sunday, March 3, 2024.

In 2022, a CRA compliance check turned up the followed issues at its facility:

  • Several clear totes containing expired marijuana products including distillate carts, medicated syrup, gummies, and chocolates stored in the “bathroom area” located upstairs in the northern most east backroom. This product was not under video surveillance. 
  • 15 separate strains of individually bagged untagged flower in a large black garbage bag located in the upstairs central storage area. This product was not under video surveillance.
  • Untagged “House wax” in individual 1-gram jars and 1-ounce sheets. This product was not under video surveillance.
  • Approximately 38 jars of house wax on the sales floor and several sheets of house wax on the sales floor. Both products, although in different forms, contained the same statewide monitoring system (Metrc) tag number.
  • Chemicals – specifically, Round Up pesticide – stored on the landing area leading to the upstairs where marijuana product is stored.
  • Several hundred small, 1-gram jars of caregiver “house wax,” a marijuana product, stored in cardboard boxes.
  • Untagged medicated syrup called ‘Chill Medicated,” a marijuana product.

On April 22, 2022, the CRA requested video surveillance footage from all camera views for the past 30 days. The company provided the requested footage on May 10, 2022 but the video footage would not play completely and did not show how the abovementioned products entered the facility.

The company must comply with the following within 40 days:

  • Provide updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the following: the statewide monitoring system (Metrc), sales and transfers of marijuana and marijuana product, video surveillance system, storage of marijuana and marijuana products, and storage of chemicals and solvents. 664 Vassar, LLC must correct any deficiencies identified by the CRA within 30 days of receipt of the deficiency notice unless agreed upon by the CRA in writing.
  • Train all managers and employees on the updated SOPs, and provide a document, signed by a manager, with the names and positions of all managers and employees trained, dates of completion for each; and provide a written training agenda, and copies of all training materials.

 The company must comply with the following terms within 160 days:

  • Must schedule a date to destroy all of the untagged marijuana and marijuana product at issue in paragraph 6.b. in the amended first superseding formal complaint in the presence of a CRA staff member and provide video surveillance proof demonstrating compliant destruction.
  •  Must conduct an inventory audit and provide a report to the CRA demonstrating that its physical inventory matches inventory in Metrc and explaining any discrepancies.
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