Ex-Management of Winnipeg Cannabis Producer Hired Broker to Buy Illegal Supply: Investigator

Article by CBC News

Ex-management of Winnipeg cannabis producer hired broker to buy illegal supply: investigator Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Bonify sales licence suspension by Health Canada 'unfounded'; company continues to grow, investigator says CBC News George Robinson, who handled a third-party investigation into the practices of Bonify, said issues that triggered the sales licence suspension by Health Canada have already been dealt with. (Ian Froese/CBC) "What fundamentally changed is a senior management team came in and made some bad choices and forced upon the organization a culture change that now led us up to this point," he said.

Ex-management of a Winnipeg-based cannabis producer hired a broker to buy what turned out to be illegal product and led Health Canada to pull the company’s sale licence, a third-party investigator says.

George Robinson, who was hired to investigate Bonify Medical Cannabis after two Health Canada product recalls, said three executives, dismissed late last year, used an outside agent to procure illegal cannabis. But Robinson said his review has been unable to verify where the illegal marijuana came from.

Health Canada suspended the sales licence from Winnipeg-based Bonify Medical Cannabis on Monday. A spokesperson said the company was found possessing, distributing and selling product that was purchased from an illegal source.

The company has 10 days to appeal and they intend to do just that. Robinson said previous concerns have already been dealt with.

“We feel that we’ve already met the requirements for the sales licence to be issued, and we will appeal, and appeal with all ferverence, to suggest that we are capable of having our sales license and the suspension is unfounded,” said Robinson, chief executive of RavenQuest Technologies Inc.

A redacted version of a forensic audit of Bonify practices, conducted by RavenQuest, was forwarded to Health Canada, he said.

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