State fines, suspend House of Mary Jane license
The state regulatory agency responsible for overseeing cannabis businesses has temporarily suspended the license of a retail store in northwest Detroit.
Michigan’s cannabis regulatory agency on Monday announced the 30-day license suspension of The House of Mary Jane, a medical dispensary near Seven Mile Road and the John Lodge Freeway, and imposed a $75,000 fine, according to a CRA news release. .
The fine and suspension from the House of Mary Jane comes as the state’s legal marijuana industry has quietly pushed for increased crackdowns on all illicit parties in the market, as Crain’s previously reported.
The allegations leading to the announcement – which were found to be true in a consent order signed by company representatives – included:
- The CRA conducted an unannounced compliance visit to the business and observed several bags, backpacks and duffel bags containing suspected marijuana products that did not bear the tracking ID numbers assigned by the surveillance system to statewide (METRC).
- The respondent was advised not to sell or destroy the unlabeled products until the investigation is complete and until the CRA issues directions. The CRA also asked the company to provide the 30-day CCTV coverage required by the administrative rule. The executives did not provide the 30 days of CCTV requested by the CRA.
- The CRA returned to the House of Mary Jane and inquired about unlabeled marijuana products; Officers then claimed to have destroyed the remaining unlabeled marijuana products. CCTV footage of the destruction of the product was requested but not provided, according to the ARC press release.
“The Cannabis Regulatory Agency has a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public,” CRA spokesman David Harns said. “Our licensees must follow all rules and laws that govern the cannabis industry. Unlabeled marijuana products and failure to provide video footage is simply unacceptable.”
A statement from the dispensary, sent by its lawyer to the law firm Dickinson Wright reads: “We look forward to reopening and serving our community and our loyal clientele.”
The fine and suspension from the House of Mary Jane comes as the state’s legal marijuana industry quietly pushes for increased crackdowns on all illicit parties in the market, as Crain’s previously reported.