The troubles for cannabis licensed producer CannTrust hold piling up soon after the organization revealed on Monday that Well being Canada located a second of its facilities was in violation of its policies.
CannTrust mentioned in a news release that it received a report from Well being Canada on Friday, August 9, that mentioned its Vaughan, Ont., manufacturing facility was non-compliant with particular regulations primarily based on inspections from July 10-16, 2019.
Well being Canada located 5 rooms in the facility have been employed to shop cannabis due to the fact June 2018 without having the agency’s approval, and two new locations have been constructed without having Well being Canada’s approval, one particular of which stored cannabis.
In addition, Well being Canada says the organization also has inadequate safety and good quality assurance procedures and did not retain information and facts to Well being Canada to permit the agency to total its audit in a timely manner.
The infringements at the Vaughan facility came about a month soon after Well being Canada’s initially findings of non-compliance at CannTrust’s Pelham, Ont., facility, which started the company’s downward spiral.
Well being Canada located cannabis had been grown in 5 unlicensed rooms in the facility, top CannTrust to place more than 10,000 kg of cannabis stock on hold and Well being Canada to launch an investigation into its Vaughan facility.
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Considering the fact that then, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) launched an investigation into the organization, CannTrust withdrew all of its cannabis goods from retailers, its stock plunged, CEO Peter Aceto was fired, and chairman Eric Paul resigned.
The impacted inventory and assets have been worth about $51 million as of June 30, according to CannTrust.
CannTrust’s stocks fell 24 % in premarket trading Monday soon after the most current news, ending at just more than $three a share in the Toronto Stock Exchange. It was trading at $six.46 ahead of the initially news of non-compliance broke.
CannTrust says it is functioning with Well being Canada on the most current infringements to uncover their “root causes.”
“We are continuing to operate really hard to regain the trust of Well being Canada, our individuals, shareholders, and partners,” interim CEO Robert Marcovitch mentioned in a statement. “We are searching at the root causes of these problems and will take what ever remedial methods are required to bring the Firm into complete regulatory compliance as promptly as doable.”
Well being Canada’s investigation could outcome in the suspension or termination of CannTrust’s cannabis licenses and fines up to $1 million.
The organization has warned it could miss its second-quarter and six-month outcomes due to the fact of the uncertainty of Well being Canada’s effect.
Accounting firm KPMG mentioned Friday that it is withdrawing its earlier report on CannTrust’s 2018 monetary outcomes due to the possibility that the outcomes are not precise.
The organization has hired Greenhill & Co. to discover methods to move forward, which includes a sale.