WINNIPEG — An investigation has decided that bullying by senior managers at a Winnipeg-based hashish producer and calls for on provide after legalization contributed to unauthorized weed being shipped to some shops.
Well being Canada issued a recall earlier this month for 2 strains of Bonify hashish merchandise that have been being bought at three shops in Saskatchewan.
Manitoba regulators then seized all Bonify hashish that was shipped to licensed retail shops.
RavenQuest Applied sciences CEO George Robinson, who performed the investigation, stated three senior Bonify executives have been dismissed and a board member has been suspended, however the pot producer will hold its Well being Canada licences.
“The frontline staff have been attempting to do their job and there have been others who have been instructing them to not comply with the rules and that received us to the purpose of the place we’re at at this time,” Robinson stated Thursday on the Bonify facility in Winnipeg.
An investigation discovered Bonify had 200 kilograms of hashish product that was not licensed on the market.
Following the investigation, Bonify turned over all operational management to RavenQuest Applied sciences till it may possibly meet all of its compliance necessities.
Robinson stated the corporate seemingly promised to supply extra pot than it may produce earlier than legalization in October, resulting in poor selections attempting to satisfy Bonify’s provide agreements.
“What they did was by no means remotely near following the rules,” he stated.
A lot of the unauthorized pot was not shipped to shops, however 52 three.5-gram bag items bought in Saskatchewan in November weren’t recovered in the course of the recall.
Whereas there have been no complaints, Robinson stated the merchandise could not meet a number of the microbial and chemical contaminant limits specified by federal hashish rules. Some testing of the pot confirmed an unconfirmed presence of E. coli.
The investigation didn’t uncover the place the unauthorized hashish got here from. Robinson stated the findings have been offered, with names redacted, to Manitoba and federal regulators.
Manitoba suspended Bonify’s operations final week. On the time, Premier Brian Pallister stated some unlawful hashish had entered the authorized distribution system.
Pallister stated there was an absence of communication from Well being Canada about that recall, and known as it a “black day” for the authorized hashish system.
Federal Organized Crime Discount Minister Invoice Blair has stated he’s conscious of the allegations surrounding Bonify and is working with Manitoba to “displace the illicit market.”
Well being Canada spokesman Eric Morrissette stated the division continues to be figuring out whether or not the legislation was damaged.
Robinson stated he expects it would take weeks earlier than Bonify begins distributing medicinal marijuana once more and months earlier than the corporate re-enters the bigger retail market.
On Christmas Eve, the corporate confronted one other spherical of recollects — this time resulting from both record-keeping or labelling points.
Well being Canada stated roughly 5,883 items of recalled product have been bought between Oct. 22 and Dec. 20, 2018.