Nevada suspends cannabis cultivator’s license, cites diversion concerns

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Nevada regulators voted unanimously to suspend the license of Las Vegas cannabis cultivator Helping Hands Wellness Center over concerns about diversion.

Agents from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board conducted a monthslong investigation, including reviewing surveillance camera footage and conducting on-site inspections, that determined the company’s employees “concealed and intended to divert cannabis and cannabis products,” according to a news release.

While reviewing surveillance footage, the agents saw and heard Helping Hands employees, including a manager. attempting to hide marijuana and discussing plans to remove cannabis plants from the facility in December, the release notes.

During a follow-up visit to the facility in January, the agents uncovered untagged cannabis plants that could not be properly traced in the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system.

Helping Hands is entitled to submit a plan of correction to the compliance board to have the suspension order lifted.

But the company cannot conduct business until the problems have been corrected.

Helping Hands was part of a 2020 action in which 17 companies sued Nevada regulators, claiming the state’s first round of recreational marijuana licensing was unfair.