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CannTrust says Health Canada has suspended its licence

The root system from a cannabis cutting is photographed at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in this file image.
The root system from a cannabis cutting is photographed at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in this file image. THE CANADIAN PRESS

CannTrust Holdings Inc. says it received a notice of licence suspension from Health Canada, which has been investigating the cannabis company for allegedly cultivating pot in unlicensed rooms.

The Vaughan, Ont.-based company says the notice it received from the regulator late this morning indicates that Health Canada has suspended its authority to produce cannabis, other than cultivating and harvesting, and to sell cannabis.

It adds that the notice cites CannTrust’s “previous non-compliance with certain requirements of the Cannabis Act.”

The company says it is facing a partial suspension of its licences for standard cultivation and a full suspension of its licences for standard processing, medical sales, cannabis drugs and research.

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However, CannTrust will be permitted to cultivate and harvest existing lots or batches that were previously grown and conduct ancillary activities in connection with them, but cannot propagate new lots or batches or sell or distribute cannabis.

CannTrust had previously halted all sales and shipments of cannabis as Health Canada continued its probe, and both the company and the regulator have put on hold a total of 12,700 kilograms of cannabis products.

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