Plymouth, MA - Triple M, a medical marijuana operator in charge of dispensaries located in Mashpee and Plymouth, has been ordered by the state’s health regulators to shut down. The reason? Triple M has been using pesticides on plants in its Plymouth locations.
Triple M was ordered by the state Department of Public Health to immediately shut its doors and stop selling marijuana on Thursday, December 13, 2018. In addition to this order, the DPH also requested that Triple M’s inventory be quarantined. The DPH had taken rightful precautions since Triple M’s products contained pesticides. In turn, these pesticides could have posed a serious threat to the public’s health and safety.
According to a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health, Triple M is required to suspend the sale of all medical marijuana products until further notice is given. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has also been included in the case. This organization will check in on the pesticide usage per marijuana company regulations.
Triple M is the second medical marijuana operator that has been shut down due to pesticide usage. The first operator was Good Chemistry, busted back in September 2018. Good Chemistry had two locations shut down: a growing and processing facility located in Bellingham and a dispensary located in Worcester. Both operators stated that they had only used natural compounds in their formulas, specifically pyrethrins. Pyrethrins were insect-repelling chemicals originating from what is known as chrysanthemum flowers.
The natural pesticides that Triple M has claimed to use have been approved in all 50 states to use on growing produce, but it has not been approved on all states to use in growing medical marijuana. Triple M stated that they had only used the pesticides in the early stages of growth, not when the flowers started to bud. They are willing to implement any changes requested by the DPH.
Good Chemistry could re-open after destroying all plants that had been grown in any time phase with said pesticide. Triple M may have to do the same if it comes down to it.