Rosebud Remedies closed down, owner’s license revoked

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Less than a year after opening Columbus’s first medical marijuana business, Rosebud Remedies has been closed down due to violations.​

​The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), which is the state agency in charge of running the Montana Medical Marijuana program, determined that Thomas Carroll had failed to come into compliance with new program regulations that went into effect in April of 2018.

DPHHS sent a letter to Carroll in July 2018, telling him he was required to be “credentialed” in the new program MERTC (Montana seed-to-sale tracking system) no later than September 2018, according to DPHHS documents.

In December 2018, the state conducted an inspection at Rosebud Remedies and determined that Carroll “was not credentialed into METRC and had not complied with the licensing requirements,” according to the documents.

In February 2019, the state sent Carroll a letter, giving him 30 days to get into compliance. A follow-up inspection was conducted in March 2019 and found that while Carroll had loaded some products into the  METRC system, “no harvests had been recorded, no sales transactions had been completed, no manufactured items through the marijuana infused product license had ever been recorded, and no transport manifests were generated through METRC,” according to the documents.

In May 2019, Carroll was notified that his provider license would be revoked for failure to use METRC and for non-compliance with the Montana Medical Marijuana Program requirements.​

He appealed the decision and at a  DPHHS hearing, Carroll admitted that he was not in compliance and offered to destroy the old product that he had not registered. The state declined the offer, ruling that Carroll had already been given time to come into compliance and had not done so, according to the hearing documents.​

“(Carroll) was given numerous opportunities to comply with METRC and granted extensions of time to become compliant with METRC. (Carroll) failed to do so,” according to the documents.​

That final ruling came in early September.

Carroll had licenses for a cultivation facility in Absarokee, a dispensary in Columbus and a “marijuana infused product manufacturing facility” in Columbus.​

All three of his licenses were revoked.

On Sept. 11, DPHHS requested the Columbus Police Department and the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office to assist it with collecting and disposing of all of the marijuana products in the store. Columbus Police Chief Jacob Ward and Stillwater County Sheriff Chip Kem confirmed that the product was destroyed.

EARLY ASSURANCES​

When owner Thomas Carroll opened the shop last October, he assured Columbus citizens that he would be running a professional business that would adhere to state regulations and security, saying “there is no room for error.”​

The dispensary was located next to Subway and adjacent to the Granite Peak Sports Complex.​

Carroll had been in the medical marijuana business for a decade, having first started in Absarokee, moving to Washington for five years and then back to Absarokee for the past two. He decided to move the shop to Columbus as “it is more of a hub,” with close proximity to the interstate.​

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