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Massachusetts issues cease-and-desist order to hemp manufacturer using THCV

Massachusetts regulators have issued a cease-and-desist order to a licensed hemp manufacturer in the state to halt the production and transfer of any products containing THCV.

John Nathan, CEO of East Wareham-based Bay State Extracts, wrote on LinkedIn that the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources (MDAR) also ordered the destruction of products with the minor cannabinoid.


“Cease and desist the manufacture and sale of hemp products containing (THCV) or any synthetic isomers of THC that are not otherwise authorized by state or federal law,” the MDAR ordered in its letter.

An MDAR spokesperson told Talking Joints Memo that the licensed hemp producer was noncompliant because it was “selling products containing the semi-synthetic cannabinoid.”

The issue is under appeal, the spokesperson told the

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