The Star writes, CannTrust Holdings Inc. is laying off about 180 people — about 20 per cent of the Ontario-based cannabis company’s workforce — following repeated problems with both its product and how it has been produced.
The move is expected to result in annual cash savings of about $9-million, as well as the company recording roughly $2-million in severance costs, the pot producer said.
Most of the affected employees were in cultivation and customer service support roles.
“We have made the extremely difficult decision to restructure our workforce to reflect the current requirements of our business,” said Robert Marcovitch, interim chief executive of CannTrust in a statement.
There’s also this development
Bloomberg reported that Canntrust staff brought black market seeds into the growing facility at Pelham, Ontario. Their sources say that employees brought in as many as 20 illegal strains and changed their names to those that the company was licensed to sell.
Over a thousand illegal plants were grown and flowered at CannTrust’s facility. It is unknown how many of the plants were actually sold, but Bloomberg spoke with sources with direct knowledge about the operations.
These sources said that several unauthorized strains re-labelled under the “Cannatonic” strain entered the recreational market. “Citradelic Sunset” and “Code Black OG” were among the illegal strains that were relabelled.