(This story has been up to date with extra info from Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy.)
Massachusetts-based marijuana testing firm ProVerde Laboratories shut down its Portland, Maine, location after municipal authorities stated it was working with out the required native authorizations.
The closure was first reported by the Portland Press Herald.
A December analysis by Portland authorities “revealed that (ProVerde was) operating a marijuana business out of the commercial property at 220 Industrial Way without a permit, certificate of occupancy, or business license,” based on a discover of violation dated Dec. 15 and shared with Marijuana Business Daily by metropolis officers.
A allow software to vary the standing of the unit from a warehouse or storage location to a laboratory “is still in review and has not been approved or issued at this time,” based on the discover.
“You currently do not have city approval to operate a marijuana business, as you have not completed the change of use process and do not have a certificate of occupancy for laboratory use.”
ProVerde additionally hasn’t utilized for a “marijuana testing facility business license,” the discover stated.
City officers warned ProVerde that if it didn’t cease working, it could possibly be disqualified from holding a marijuana enterprise license in Portland for 5 years.
A reinspection is scheduled for Feb. 2, based on the discover.
ProVerde didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from MJBizDaily on Wednesday.
However, the corporate’s Chief Scientific Officer Christopher Hudalla advised the Press Herald “he was not aware licensing was required for medical marijuana testing, only recreational or adult use, and is seeking clarification from officials.”
ProVerde obtained a short lived license from Portland in April 2020 that has since expired, the Press Herald reported.
Hudalla advised the newspaper the corporate plans to get one other license.
Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) stated the state has “at least seven establishments currently or soon-to-be providing testing services of some form to medical marijuana-related businesses in Maine,” together with ProVerde.
“Testing is only mandatory in Maine’s adult use marijuana program,” OMP spokesman David Heidrich wrote in an e mail to MJBizDaily.
“So for the last several years, testing facilities operating in Maine have been providing voluntary testing to interested medical registrants and have not been formally registered with OMP.”
– Solomon Israel