The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) has taken swift action by suspending the licenses of The Hempire Company, LLC, a business in Tonopah, Nevada, which had licenses for both medical and adult-use cannabis cultivation and production. The suspension went into effect on November 1, 2023, at 6:14 p.m. The reason for this suspension is that the CCB believed there was an immediate risk to public health and safety.
The CCB became concerned during an investigation when they noticed unusual activity in the Metrc system, which is used to track cannabis products. They also found that the security camera coverage was inadequate. Their investigation revealed that more cannabis extract was being produced than what could be accounted for by the amount of cannabis that was supposed to be used. They suspected that untested or failed cannabis might have been mixed with approved batches and sent for extraction.
Additionally, the CCB agents discovered that around 180 packages were missing from the cultivation area, and 10 were missing from the production area. They also found two large bags of usable cannabis in the dumpster. Shockingly, there were no functional cameras in crucial areas like the greenhouses and conex boxes where cannabis was being grown and dried. Some cannabis was even left to dry outside and in conex boxes without proper environmental controls. The CCB also identified other serious problems at the facility.
To resolve the suspension, The Hempire Company, LLC is required to create a plan to correct these issues, which must be approved by the CCB. They are not allowed to resume their operations until the CCB has confirmed that the problems identified in the suspension order have been fixed.
It's important to note that this is the second time the CCB has issued a summary suspension in 2023.