Michigan cannabis testing lab to pay $100,000 to resolve alleged violations

A Michigan medical marijuana testing laboratory whose license was suspended in August for alleged safety violations has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to resolve state charges.

Iron Laboratories of Walled Lake also agreed to improve its procedures and provide additional data and reports to state regulators.

The laboratory entered into the settlement agreement with the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), state officials announced Wednesday.

In August, the MRA took emergency action to suspend the lab’s operations for alleged violations related to testing and reporting results for pesticides, microbials and THC content.

Several provisions in the settlement agreement must be completed before Iron Laboratories is permitted to resume operations.

In addition, Iron Laboratories agreed that its chief operating officer, Michael Goldman, would not:

  • Participate in product testing.
  • Enter or alter data in the statewide monitoring system.
  • Engage in any financial transactions with customers for 180 days.

If Iron Laboratories fails to comply with these requirements, it could be subject to additional fines or other sanctions, state regulators said.

“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,” MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo said in a news release.

“It is imperative that our safety compliance facilities – and all of our licensees – adhere strictly to the law and the administrative rules.”

A copy of the settlement agreement can be found here.

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