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MA Dept. of Health Suspends Sales of Medical Marijuana Products at Healthy Pharms

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health suspended retail sales of all medical marijuana products at Healthy Pharms Inc., a Registered Marijuana Dispensery (RMD), until further notice.

`”Following the failed test report, Healthy Pharms immediately quarantined all affected product containing pesticide as required by state regulations. RMDs cannot sell any product that does not meet DPH testing standards.  DPH will be coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the agency responsible for pesticide enforcement and regulation in Massachusetts, to further look into this issue. We want to ensure that Healthy Pharms takes the appropriate corrective action to prevent this from happening in the future,” said Marc Nascarella, DPH’s chief toxicologist.

Suspending Sales

Retail sales were suspended Friday, February 23, after Healthy Pharms notified DPH, as mandated, of a failed lab test report that indicated the presence of the pesticide bifenthrin in a sample batch of product. 

Bifenthrin is an insecticide in the pyrethroid family.

While bifenthrin is a common pesticide used in food products, RMDs are at this time prohibited from using pesticides on marijuana grown in their facilities. An RMD is required to notify DPH within 72 hours of any laboratory test result that indicates contamination that cannot be remediated.

Healthy Pharms has informed DPH that no medical marijuana from this batch of product, which contains pesticide, was sold to patients.

Healthy Pharms in MA

Healthy Pharms has a cultivation facility in Georgetown and retail locations in Georgetown and Cambridge.

Healthy Pharms also sells edible and non-edible marijuana-infused products to two other RMDs - Theory Wellness located in Bridgewater and Great Barrington and Revolutionary Clinics in Somerville.

Currently, there are 22 RMDs open for sales across Massachusetts, serving more than 46,000 patients and over 5,100 personal caregivers.

 

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