California licensed cannabis company, Kushy Punch, was raided last week for allegations of manufacturing black market products. Gummies and disposable vape cartridges were seized from the Canoga Park facility.
Kushy Punch produces medicinal and recreational cannabis products including gummies, vape cartridges, disposable vapes, and an array of CBD products. Kushy Punch products are only legally available in California.
A tip led the Bureau of Cannabis Control to serve a search warrant of the facility on October 3rd. The bureau seized Kushy Punch branded gummies and vape cartridges from the facility.
“Investigators confiscated thousands of illegal vape carts worth millions of dollars,” Alex Traverso told Leafly.
According to numerous reports on the allegations and raid, Kushy Punch was operating out of two facilities in Los Angeles. One facility housed state compliant processing, utilizing cannabis that has passed testing requirements.
The other facility, 8427 Canoga Ave. in Canoga Park, was processing cannabis that may not have passed state pesticide standards. The source claims the facility was using cannabis oil with heavy levels of pesticides. The cannabis products processed at the Kushy Punch Canoga Park facility were then allegedly sold through the black market.
CEO Ruben Cross told Ganjapreneur that the allegations are false, adding, “BCC went into an old storage warehouse and found two-year-old disposable vapes with dead batteries than have been off the market even before regulations came around and they assumed we are selling vapes to the black market.”
Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesperson Alex Traverso stated, “If this is something we’re seeing linked back to someone who has a license I would be surprised if they had a license much longer.”
The product seized from the Canoga Park facility will be tested and the BCC will look into ties between the facility and Kushy Punch.
“The Kushy Punch investigation is still ongoing. We don’t have any further comments to provide at this time,” Aaron Francis of the DCA told Candid Chronicle.
Images via Leafly, provided the CA Department of Consumer Affairs.
Yes that makes sense an old storage facility with freshly processed petrol extracts, so busted!