As medical dispensary struggled with mold, regulation was nonexistent

The Champlain Valley Dispensary in Milton. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger

For years, Vermont’s largest medical cannabis business has struggled with mold infestations on its cannabis plants, but the potential consequences for thousands of patients remain unknown, as state quality control regulations in the industry don’t exist.

According to five former employees of Champlain Valley Dispensary (CVD), which serves patients with conditions ranging from cancer to auto-immune disorders, mold issues have been a frequent problem and management has been slow to address the infestations until employees repeatedly urged them to do so.

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Employees said that in some cases, the company declined to dispose of moldy cannabis, and extracted tetrahydrocannabinol from it. THC, the psychoactive chemical in the plant, is used in

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