Michigan officials recently suspended the license of one medical cannabis company that has allegedly been delivering flawed testing results.
According to Mlive.com Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued its first official license suspension this week. It claimed that Iron Laboratories in Walled Lake conducted unreliable tests for mold and pesticides. “It is imperative that our licensees follow the rules and laws, especially regarding the testing of medical marijuana product,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo in a statement. “We are intensely focused on making sure that the marijuana product in the regulated industry meets established safety standards.”
A safety bulletin released by the MRA advises patients and caregivers to be careful with any products reviewed by this lab, as they may not actually be safe. “Michigan’s marijuana laws and rules were established to provide safe sources of medical marijuana to Michigan residents,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel in a press release. “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.”
The company’s response include a statement saying that they are doing everything they can to address these issues. “When requested by MRA to address inquiries, Iron Laboratories acts swiftly to comply with documented explanations and corrective actions when needed,” the company stated. “We regularly offer advice regarding testing requirements when asked by MRA officials.”
Michigan is working hard to be compliant and affirming. They recently started work on their social equity initiative, and they are also striving to make sure licensing fees are fair to everyone. The cannabis industry in Michigan is doing its best to provide a model for other places considering a legal structure.