Regulators investigate Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use

Regulators investigate Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use

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Medical marijuana plants are shown growing at a facility in Washington on September 7, 2016. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) State regulators are investigating allegations that a politically connected medical marijuana grower in Maryland illegally used pesticides in growing cannabis plants that were later harvested for sale to patients. Three former employees at the Anne Arundel County growing center of the cannabis producer ForwardGro made the allegations in sworn statements sent to the General Assembly last week by a newly formed association of companies in the medical marijuana business that oppose pesticide use in growing the plants. Ashley Colen, president of the Maryland Ethical Cannabis Association and the holder of a dispensary license, said she stopped selling products from ForwardGro’s plants after learning of the allegations. Colen, co-owner of the Ash+Ember dispensary in Centreville on the Eastern Shore, said some of her customers reported side effects such as burning eyes and throats. “This is about patient safety, not about money,” she said. “We’re supposed to be looking out for the patients.” Colen said she has discussed the allegations with Joy Strand, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. A commission spokeswoman, Jennifer White, said the agency is investigating. “Of course we take all of this information seriously, and the Bureau of Enforcement and Compliance here with the commission is looking into it,” she said. ForwardGro issued a statement categorically denying the allegations and calling them “an attack on our business.” “Every ForwardGro batch was properly tested by an independent testing lab and we have never had any product fail for pesticides,” the company said. “Patient advocacy and patient safety have always been, and will always be, our priority. We are following the path driven by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and are cooperating fully with them.” The company said […]

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