The Healthy Pharms medical marijuana dispensary in Georgetown, which had been closed since February because of contamination, reopened on Saturday, May 19.
The Department of Public Health had ordered it closed when the routine testing of the products grown there showed some had been contaminated with the pesticide bifenthrin.
“We are pleased to reopen,” said Nathaniel Averill, Healthy Pharms executive director and co-founder. “The reopening process has been long. We were closed nearly three months, much longer than we expected.”
The marijuana products currently being sold at the Georgetown dispensary and at Healthy Pharms’ Cambridge site were grown in the Georgetown cultivation rooms.
“That has all been tested and is clean of any pesticides,” said Averill. “We do not have our full inventory yet, but once all the retesting comes back, we should.”
Healthy Pharms reports that no marijuana from the contaminated batch was sold to the public and per the Department of Public Health’s orders, all the contaminated products were destroyed.
“While we were closed, we had a third party remediation team come in and clean and remediate the dispensary, processing, and growing areas,” said Averill. “We have also updated our procedures and the training of cultivation staff to assure all product is safe.”
Because the Georgetown retail facility is located in the same building as the cultivation and processing rooms, the Department of Public Health required the third party environmental cleaning and testing ensure there was no contamination elsewhere in the building.
“This included extensive sampling of hard surfaces throughout the building, including countertops, floors, processing equipment, etc. Results concluded that there was no evidence of contamination in any part of our facility,” Healthy Pharms posted on its website.
The Cambridge retail facility was allowed to open April 30, but until the Georgetown facility was cleared, sold products obtained from other growers.Linda Greenstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.