Curaleaf agrees to Oregon suspension and fine after THC and CBD mix-up

Cannabis giant Curaleaf has agreed to a $130,000 fine and a 23-day suspension to resolve state regulators’ investigation into the company’s manufacturing blunder last summer. A Curaleaf bottling plant in Portland mixed up drops of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, with CBD wellness drops. Made from hemp, CBD is widely available in grocery stores and doesn’t usually include the ingredient that gives users a high.

The Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission says Massachusetts-based Curaleaf shipped 1,500 mislabeled drops under the brand name Select, many of which it recalled at the state’s direction. But many of the bottles reached consumers, and several customers reported alarming symptoms after consuming what they believed were benign CBD drops.

The drops actually contained a jumbo dose of THC, several times what adult-use cannabis users typically consume. At least five people reported going to the hospital with serious health issues.

Oregon regulators originally proposed slapping Curaleaf with a 70-day suspension and a record $200,000 fine. Curaleaf challenged the penalty, and the regulatory ultimately agreed to reduce the penalty to $130,000 with a 23-day suspension.

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