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Desert wellness center has been forced to close due to ‘food safety issues’

SANTA ANA, Calif.

(AP) Health officials say a Nevada dispensary that has been in operation for more than a decade is being forced to shut down because of food safety concerns.

The Desert Wellness Center dispensary in Carson City is one of two in the nation that has faced the threat of closure for food safety violations.

The other is in San Francisco.

Officials say the dispensary has been the subject of a lengthy investigation by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, which found that its staff had not followed regulations.

A spokesman for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said the state had been in communication with the company since October.

The spokesman declined to comment further.

Nevada is one state in the West that allows marijuana dispensaries, though it does not have laws specifically prohibiting dispensaries.

The state’s dispensaries, called dispensaries, are not subject to the federal Controlled Substances Act.

But the federal government does regulate marijuana for medical purposes.