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"CannTrust CEO knew about unlicensed grow room"

Chief Executive Officer Peter Aceto told senior company officials to “continue as planned” and plant cannabis in an unlicensed room in mid-November, according to internal company documents obtained by BNN Bloomberg that establish a clear timeline of when illegal production was brought to management’s knowledge. Read the full story here.

Not only that, but the chief executive of CannTrust even appeared in a promotional video filmed directly outside an unlicensed cannabis grow room at the company’s Pelham, Ont., facility in early 2019, according to a former employee who was present when the video was shot.

The video, which was published by CannTrust’s YouTube account on Feb. 27, 2019, shows company CEO Peter Aceto chatting with a plant production manager outside a room full of cannabis plants. The plants can be clearly seen through what appears to be a plastic wall with metal hinges — on one occasion, the production manager gestures towards the plants in the grow room to emphasize a point.

Five former employees who spoke to the Financial Post identified the room in the video as RG8 or Range 8, noting that its plastic walls were a distinguishing feature. Three of those employees worked in the room as grow technicians between October 2018 and April 2019, the six-month period during which CannTrust has acknowledged it was cultivating unlicensed cannabis. Two of the employees saw the video being filmed in early 2019.

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