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Dispensary Fined $26,000 for Selling Pot that Spent 2 Days in a Dumpster

The original packaging "was covered in a liquid substance acquired from the Dumpster.”

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A Maryland cannabis dispensary is facing a significant fine after selling cannabis that was likely unfit for consumption.

A Timonium-based Curio Wellness dispensary, which was originally licensed for medical cannabis in 2018 before converting its license to adult-use last year, was caught retrieving cannabis that had spent nearly two days in a Dumpster and then selling it to customers.

A former employee contacted the Maryland Cannabis Administration (MCA) to alert the agency to 64 3.5g units of Amnesia OG that the dispensary had pulled from a Dumpster. The employee said they advised the business to destroy the product but management insisted on not losing out on the profits. The product was brought inside and repackaged because, according to a different employee, β€œthe original packaging was covered in a liquid substance acquired from the Dumpster.”

The dispensary sold all the repackaged cannabis between July 28, 2023 and August 3, 2023, for a total of $3,174.50 in sales.

Neither the dispensary nor the MCA said they had received any reports of adverse incidents related to the sale of the products.

Nevertheless, the dispensary has been hit with a $26,000 fine. The location will also need to submit its green waste, scale calibration and cleaning logs to the MCA for review on a monthly basis for six months. The location has also been order to re-train staff on proper green waste procedures.

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