Former CannTrust compliance worker says unlicensed growing 'very openly' discussed

A former director of quality and compliance at CannTrust Holdings Inc. says the growth of cannabis in unlicensed rooms was "very openly discussed" at the company.

"There was no hiding this. There was no denial of this," Graham Lee told the Ontario court of justice's Old City Hall court on Monday. The issue was discussed on multiple occasions, even with members of the senior leadership team, Lee added.

His remarks come as three former executives at the cannabis company face a series of securities offenses linked to unlicensed growing that allegedly occurred at a Niagara, Ont. area facility owned by CannTrust, which is now called Phoena Holdings Inc.

Peter Aceto, Eric Paul, and Mark Litwin have pleaded not guilty to fraud and authorizing, permitting, or acquiescing in the commission of an offense.

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