The marijuana maker’s license in New Mexico could possibly be suspended after a fireplace


February 8, 2021

New Mexico regulators attempt to suspend a Santa Fe-based medical marijuana manufacturer’s business license after two employees were seriously injured in a fire at an extraction facility.

Two workers at one of New MexiCann Natural Medicine’s Santa Fe sites were trying to extract cannabis with ethanol when a worker dropped the solvent on a hot plate, causing the fire, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The state health department is considering revoking the company’s license for violating the rules of the Medical Cannabis Program and not using a closed-loop extraction system.

The company also allegedly failed to properly instruct workers on how to turn off or cool the heating plate while stirring the extraction material.

“By lifting an open extraction vessel with an ethanol-based solution in close proximity to an active hotplate, New MexiCann has committed behavior that has deliberately and recklessly disregarded health and safety,” wrote Dominick Zurlo, Program Director of Medical Cannabis, in a letter the Company.

In an email to the Marihuana Business Daily, New MexiCann declined to comment, referring to the ongoing legal review by the state health department.

New MexiCann was fined $ 13,500 by the U.S. Labor Protection Agency in 2016 for committing a dozen violations that were uncovered during the agency’s eight-month investigation into a hash oil explosion that seriously burned two employees .

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