Maine marijuana screening lab shut more than licensing concern


(This story has been updated with extra information and facts from Maine’s Office environment of Marijuana Coverage.)

Massachusetts-based marijuana tests enterprise ProVerde Laboratories shut down its Portland, Maine, locale soon after municipal authorities explained it was running devoid of the essential nearby authorizations.

The closure was initial reported by the Portland Push Herald.

A December analysis by Portland authorities “revealed that (ProVerde was) operating a marijuana enterprise out of the business home at 220 Industrial Way without the need of a allow, certificate of occupancy, or enterprise license,” according to a discover of violation dated Dec. 15 and shared with Marijuana Small business Everyday by city officers.

A permit application to improve the status of the device from a warehouse or storage locale to a laboratory “is continue to in review and has not been authorized or issued at this time,” in accordance to the recognize.

“You at this time do not have town acceptance to work a marijuana company, as you have not done the change of use method and do not have a certificate of occupancy for laboratory use.”

ProVerde also hasn’t used for a “marijuana testing facility small business license,” the recognize stated.

Metropolis officials warned ProVerde that if it didn’t quit functioning, it could be disqualified from holding a marijuana business enterprise license in Portland for five a long time.

A reinspection is scheduled for Feb. 2, according to the discover.

ProVerde did not right away answer to requests for remark from MJBizDaily on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, the company’s Chief Scientific Officer Christopher Hudalla informed the Press Herald “he was not informed licensing was required for clinical marijuana screening, only recreational or adult use, and is trying to find clarification from officers.”

ProVerde received a short-term license from Portland in April 2020 that has due to the fact expired, the Press Herald described.

Hudalla told the newspaper the business designs to get a different license.

Maine’s Place of work of Marijuana Plan (OMP) claimed the point out has “at the very least 7 establishments presently or shortly-to-be supplying screening solutions of some form to health-related marijuana-related firms in Maine,” such as ProVerde.

“Testing is only necessary in Maine’s grownup use marijuana plan,” OMP spokesman David Heidrich wrote in an electronic mail to MJBizDaily.

“So for the final numerous several years, screening amenities running in Maine have been offering voluntary testing to fascinated clinical registrants and have not been formally registered with OMP.”

– Solomon Israel