Missouri Marijuana Growers Under Investigation Sell Products in St. Louis | News 4 Surveys
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A secret state investigation into two medical marijuana growers in Missouri results in dozens of products being removed from store shelves in the St. Louis area.
The state has confirmed to News 4 that they are investigating, but if not, they are very discreet about whether or not patients should be concerned about the contaminated products.
“We would like to get up as soon as possible, but speed is not the main factor, it’s getting it right the first time and making sure we stay compliant and doing it right from a point of view. growing view, ”John Frank said of a north St. Louis facility would be a major marijuana grow operation.
Medical marijuana is still fairly new in Missouri and “it’s a tricky business,” Frank said. “Most of us are new to the game.”
The state provides a complex set of rules regarding safety and security: products are tracked from seed to sale, and lab tests for things like mold or heavy metals are mandatory.
“We have processes to track temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, whatever is important to growing a good product,” Frank said.
That’s why Frank says he’s not too surprised to learn of this secret state investigation.
“They keep an eye on what you’re doing; inspections, access to your cameras. It’s very regulated. We knew that when we walked in,” Frank said. “That’s why we take extra care to make sure we don’t violate.”
News 4 has confirmed that the state is conducting an ongoing investigation for two of its approximately 60 licensees to grow or cultivate medical marijuana.
The two under the microscope are Archimedes Medical Holdings and FUJM LLC. Both operate in Perryville, Missouri.
We requested more information from the state and here is all we got: “We are not commenting on ongoing investigations.”
We therefore do not know the nature of the investigations, but several dispensaries in our region confirmed to us that they had to freeze the products of these producers.
“We know how much this means to so many people who have been waiting and fighting for it for years,” Erin Moore said with Archimedes.
Archimedes opened last year with accolades as a woman-owned business and one of Missouri’s premier growers. It was also one of the few outdoor grow operations to be operational.
In October last year, the state confirmed an investigation into a complaint of mold in their products, sold at two dispensaries in the St. Louis area. Patients at the time were informed of the wrong lot numbers. What does not seem to have happened during this go-around, according to the dispensaries.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent this,” Frank said. “Once you’re open, you don’t want interruptions in your sales, so you have to be very vilgant once you have products in your establishment.”
A dispensary told News 4 it believed the problem was with the paperwork and patients were safe. We contacted the managers of the two producers in question, but we did not receive a response.
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