On Dec. 15, 2017, Frozen Budz, an Alaskan edibles manufacturer, had its manufacturing license revoked by the state Marijuana Control Board, marking the first time the state control board has had to take such an action.
Owned and operated by Destiny and Nick Neade, Frozen Budz first had its license suspended at the beginning of the month for selling edible products that hadn’t been tested, violating state testing standards; however, upon further examination, the state found a litany of other regulatory violations.
Those violations include:
- Producing edible products without tracking the source of the marijuana;
- Selling products with two to three times the amount of THC content allowed;
- Manufacturing edible products that hadn’t been approved by the state control board;
- Allowing on-site consumption;
- Delivering products directly to consumers;
- Improperly labeling marijuana products;
- Violating waste disposal regulations;
- Operating outside of its control board approved operating plan; and
- Failing to comply with records requests.
“The board found the acts of this licensee especially egregious,” said Peter Mlynarik, chair of the Marijuana Control Board, in a statement. “The licensee disregarded marijuana industry regulations and put the public at significant risk by selling products that were not safe, tested, or tracked.”
In addition to having its manufacturing license revoked, the board has also fined Frozen Budz $500,000 and has ordered seizure of all products produced by the company. Frozen Buds still has the option of filing an appeal with the state Office of Administrative Hearings.
Although Frozen Budz has had its manufacturing license revoked, it still has a retail license to dispense recreational marijuana, as indicated in a license search on the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office website.