State shuts down Nova Farms in Sheffield

— State marijuana regulators have ordered the state’s first outdoor grow
facility to cease all of its medical and adult-use cannabis operations.

The Cannabis Control Commission issued a
summary suspension order to Nova Farms LLC, which holds six licenses between
its site in Sheffield on Kellogg
Road and a site in Attleboro, on Friday as regulators
investigate Mark Rioux, one of the entity’s principals who has ownership and
controlling interests in six licenses. Rioux, a real estate agent, allegedly
conspired to evade the Commonwealth’s licensing and drug laws, according to
Shawn Collins, executive director of the commission.

“The commission takes these allegations
seriously and is taking immediate action to protect against the risks of
diversion and criminal elements entering the legal market,” said Collins in a
statement. “The Commonwealth has enacted strict laws and regulations to ensure
our legal cannabis industry is safe and accessible. As these allegations would
undermine those objectives, the commission will continue to investigate and
work alongside our counterparts in Attleboro and
Sheffield to uphold public health and public
safety first and foremost.”

Rioux was arrested on a warrant at the end of August and charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was arraigned at Attleboro District Court on Aug. 29.

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