Recreational marijuana sales put on hold at Mass. dispensary due to inventory problem

SALEM, MASS. (WHDH) - Recreational marijuana sales at Alternative Therapies Group in Salem have been temporarily put on hold after the company claims its inventory data became corrupted in the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system, officials said.

“This is preventing us from transferring recreational inventory from our cultivation and product manufacturing facility (or from third-party vendors) into the Salem dispensary,” the dispensary said in a blog post.

But the Cannabis Control Commission said the state’s mandatory seed-to-sale tracking technology, Metrc, “remains fully functional.”

“Alternative Therapies Group’s adult-use supply issues are the result of improper inventory management practices and the challenges are limited to their operations,” the commission said in a statement. “The Cannabis Control Commission remains confident in the tracking system’s ability to detect discrepancies in the data, which licensees upload, that signal when potential public health and safety risks may exist. To prevent diversion, the sale of contaminated products, and other issues, Commission investigators will continue to regularly inspect marijuana establishments to ensure they tag, upload, and trace all inventory correctly.”

The business will remain open for just medical sales.

Alternative Therapies Group opened for recreational sales in December.

It was the first shop to open in Eastern Massachusetts.


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