Danish grower sounds alarm over CannTrust's chemical crop protection promises, more personnel depart after Health Canada violations

A Danish medical marijuana importer says it no longer trusts promises from CannTrust Holdings Inc. that its cannabis was grown without pesticides, another blow to the Canadian producer, which is under investigation by Health Canada.

Stenocare A/S, which is the only supplier of cannabis oil for the Danish medical market, said it has bought products from CannTrust with a guarantee that they were produced in pesticide-free environments. In a news release on Tuesday, Stenocare said it now doubts those declarations after learning more about CannTrust’s growing practices.

“With the CannTrust move from indoor to greenhouse cultivation during Q4 2018, it now appears that CannTrust introduced a more general use of Health Canada approved pesticides in the new greenhouse where cultivation of medical cannabis plants is located. Stenocare is very concerned with this general use of pesticides that could potentially be in conflict with the strict Danish requirements [for] no use of pesticides,” the company said.

Stencocare stopped selling CannTrust products after revelations in July that the Ontario producer grew thousands of kilograms of cannabis in unlicensed rooms in late 2018 and early 2019.

Additionally, as the Financial Post reported, at least three senior employees at the embattled cannabis producer CannTrust Holdings Inc. have departed from their roles at the company, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The company’s master grower Brady Green, operations manager Cameron Fletcher and vice-president of quality operations Andrea Kirk are three of the employees that are no longer with CannTrust. Sources say the departures were announced internally Tuesday morning.

CannTrust spokesperson Jane Shapiro did not confirm if the employees were let go, who they were, or if they departed on their own volition but acknowledged that a “number of departures” had taken place at the company, which employs just under 800 staff.

Shapiro said the company had also added two new employees to its senior leadership team: Dan Hogan as CannTrust’s head of strategic priorities and Ken Doige as vice-president of security.

“These appointments are part of a broader organizational transformation, which has included a number of departures and the reassignment of roles and responsibilities,” Shapiro said in an emailed response to the Post.

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