Walled Lake marijuana safety compliance facility to pay $100,000 fine
A Walled Lake marijuana safety compliance facility will pay a $100,000 fine as part of a settlement with state marijuana regulators, officials said Wednesday.
In addition to the fine, Iron Laboratories LLC is required to update its procedures and practices and provide additional data and reports to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency for one year, the agency said.
In August, state marijuana regulators issued a formal complaint and summary suspension of Iron Laboratories' license for alleged violations related to testing and reporting results for pesticides, yeasts and molds (microbials), as well as THC content, the agency said.
“Michigan’s marijuana laws and rules were established to provide safe sources of medical marijuana to Michigan residents,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel. “Accurate testing and transparent reporting are critical to ensuring a safe product, and misleading or unreliable information only impedes that process.
"Our office is committed to working closely with the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to take action against those facilities that disregard the rules to the detriment of the public and industry fairness.”
In the settlement, the marijuana facility also agreed that its chief operating officer, Michael Goldman, would not attend or participate in sampling events, enter or alter data in the statewide monitoring system or engage in any financial transactions with customers for 180 days.
If Iron Laboratories fails to comply with the requirements of the agreement, it could be subject to fines or other sanctions, the agency said.
The settlement specifies that Iron Laboratories' license will be automatically reinstated and renewed when state marijuana regulators receive and approve new operating procedures from the marijuana facility that include updated quality control assurances and an updated microbial testing method.
“While we are pleased that the licensee worked quickly to resolve these issues, it is clear that these actions never should have happened in the first place,” said Andrew Brisbo, Marijuana Regulatory Agency executive director. “It is imperative that our safety compliance facilities — and all of our licensees — adhere strictly to the law and the administrative rules.”
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency began operating May 1 following an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that got rid of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board and united medical and recreational marijuana regulation under one roof.