US (OH): Medical cannabis CEO suspended for giving out product samples, regulators say

The top executive of a medical cannabis cultivator and processor in southwest Ohio had his employee license suspended last week after regulators accused him of giving out samples.

The Department of Commerce says Ancient Roots CEO David Haley gave away products to visitors at his Wilmington facility that were intended for distribution to dispensaries, according to records obtained by the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau. Ancient Roots opened in 2018 under Ohio's medical cannabis program.

The company's licenses are still in effect. 

Department officials have been investigating since November and say Haley failed to securely store his products and maintain accurate records. For example, the inventory system incorrectly showed that the cannabis given away by Haley was still in the processing facility's vault. 

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