M3 Ventures, the company which operates Mashpee’s medical marijuana dispensary, has been fined $50,000 in a settlement with the state’s Cannabis Control Commission for lying about the company’s use of pesticides.
The company, which is also known as Triple M, does not expect the settlement to have any bearing on an application for a provisional license to build a recreational dispensary in Mashpee, which is pending with the commission, chief operating officer Kevin O’Reilly said.
“We’re pleased we were able to come to a settlement with the commission,” Mr. O’Reilly said, describing the company as having a good “working relationship” with the commission.
The settlement, which included the fine, was approved unanimously by the commission and signed last Friday, August 9.
In December, the Department of Public Health temporarily shut down M3 Ventures’ dispensaries in Plymouth and Mashpee, due to the use of prohibited pesticides. They were allowed to reopen in April.
According to the settlement, state inspectors back in November 2018, discovered prohibited pesticides in a storage area at the cultivation facility. They interviewed the director of cultivation about the facility’s history of pest issues and its use of pesticides on marijuana plants.
During a re-inspection of the facility on December 4, 2018, company officials admitted that the cultivation director, who was not identified in the complaint, “had misrepresented the use of pesticides” that were discovered on-site.
In addition to the $50,000 fine, the company has been placed on probation through the end of the year. M3 Ventures is now required to track and record its use of additives on a daily basis.
Records showed that the company has eliminated the cultivation director position. The job has been split into two: cultivation operations manager and master grower. It has also engaged a national firm to assist M3 Ventures in developing a plan for pest management using allowed substances.
“We’ve revamped our cultivation operations,” Mr. O’Reilly said.
All chemicals on site have been inventoried. The company has also received approval from state officials and third-party monitors to use those chemicals.
Mr. O’Reilly said the misuse of pesticides which brought the settlement arose due to a misunderstanding with the Department of Public Health and the Cannabis Commission.
“We weren’t told they were the incorrect product,” he said.
Cannabis Control Commission enforcement counsel Paul Payer said last Thursday he is satisfied the company took steps to comply with the regulations.
Mr. Payer noted that, in addition to changing policies, M3 Ventures has reorganized the department. The company has not violated state regulations since it reopened.
The settlement also will have no bearing on the company’s stance with the Mashpee Board Of Selectmen, board chairman Andrew Gottlieb said. In March, the selectmen granted M3 a host agreement to operate a recreational dispensary in Mashpee.
“We really rely on the Cannabis Control Commission to do the due diligence,” Mr. Gottlieb said of the settlement. “That’s the Cannabis Control Commission’s jurisdiction.”