The embattled Oklahoma cannabis testing firm F.A.S.T. Labs has surrendered its license amid an ongoing investigation by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) due to claims the laboratory had falsified test results, Tulsa World reports. Since the company relinquished its license it will not have to pay any fines associated with the allegations.
In a September 23 surrender form, F.A.S.T. said that it would give up its license because “Disputes among members of closely held management company made continued operations undesirable.” In August, the OMMA indicated it intended to revoke the company’s license over alleged misconduct.
In addition to claims that the company falsified results, F.A.S.T. was sued in August for wrongful termination by an Arkansas resident who ultimately “played a crucial role in exposing Defendants’ illegal activities to law enforcement authorities,” according to the complaint outlined by the World.
The investigation into F.A.S.T. Labs and its owner-operator Kyle Felling included claims that the firm passed some samples that regulators say contained unsafe levels of lead, mold, and bacteria. Regulators accuse Felling specifically of manipulating test results on about 40 separate occasions, some of which included products that failed testing due to lead, staphylococcus aureus, mold, or salmonella. The OMMA alleges that Felling signed off on the tests despite being in Arkansas – where the company is based – at the time of the testing.
The surrender form states that F.A.S.T. must either liquidate or dispose of any medical cannabis still in its possession in 30 days. The company is still operating in Arkansas.