The Massachusetts Department of Health conducted 327 inspections of medical marijuana dispensaries since the first one opened in 2015 and found numerous violations.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Violations ranged from minor, where plants were thrown in a dumpster instead of being ground up, to major, where inspectors walked into facilities without being checked in or identified.
- Other violations included a lack of security cameras, generators that failed to work, faulty alarm systems, filling orders by phone when not required and improperly labeled plants.
- Inspectors also tested products and found contaminants that led to recalls.
- Two of the state’s first dispensaries – Alternative Therapies Group and New England Treatment Access – were inspected almost 60 times each.
- According to The Republican, some of the problems were remedied with new equipment, changes to policies or training.