Marijuana inspectors visit Oak Creek businesses
Oak Creek — An inspection Wednesday at two marijuana businesses in Oak Creek could lead to action being taken by state and Oak Creek officials.
Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said agents with Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division came by Oak Creek Town Hall on Wednesday and informed her that they had completed an inspection of the Mary’s Meds medical marijuana dispensary and Rocky Mountain High Kitchen, which manufacturers edible products.
Page-Allen said she was told by an agent that they had seized a “substantial quantity” of product. Page-Allen said the agent expressed concerns about the quantity of product at the businesses, the storage of product and where business operations were occurring within the building(s). The businesses operate out of 200 S. Sharp Ave. and 209A Nancy Crawford Blvd. Each business has its own grow operation. Combined, the businesses have four medical marijuana licenses.
Both businesses were open Wednesday. They are owned by Jacob Wise, who when contacted Wednesday denied that anything had been seized from the businesses.
Wise said the agents had issues with the labeling of his Nector One and Mega Balls edible products. He said he had to remove those products from the shelves until new labels could be made.
Wise said labeling rules were changed in November, and those two products’ labels did not state which marijuana grow operation they were made with.
“My labels weren’t up to par,” Wise said. “It’s not like the end of the world.”
Natriece Bryant, a spokeswoman with the Marijuana Enforcement Division, confirmed the inspection took place, but she would not provide any details, including whether anything was seized during the inspection.
“It’s an open investigation,” she said.
Page-Allen was grateful that the agents came to Oak Creek because the town does not have the money to hire its own enforcement officer.
“I very much want the community and public to know that we are very supportive of what MED (Marijuana Enforcement Division) is doing and appreciative they are being diligent,” Page-Allen said. “We want these operations to be compliant.”
Page-Allen said potential violations would be reviewed by state regulators during a process that typically takes between two and three months. She said until the review is completed, the businesses are forbidden from being restructured or sold, and they cannot transfer their licenses.
Page-Allen said town officials would not take any action on their own until the state completes its review.
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