The apocalyptic moment CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST, NYSE: CTST) shareholders and personnel have been waiting for is ultimately right here – the corporation just announced its license has been suspended by Overall health Canada. 

Soon after a lot more than two months of waiting, the selection was handed down right now for a partial cultivation suspension and a comprehensive processing, sales, and investigation suspension, proficiently stopping the corporation from operating. 

The suspensions arrive just after a Overall health Canada audio back in July found CannTrust was expanding cannabis in unlicensed rooms that had been purposefully concealed from regulators.  

Current plant batches that have been previously propagated can nevertheless be harvested and dried, but that item can not legally be sold and no new plants can be propagated going forward although the two suspensions stay in impact. 

Bracing for the anticipated selection and attempting to trim fees, the company terminated 180 personnel earlier this month. 

When the suspensions make it unlikely CannTrust will be in a position to operate as a cannabis producer anytime in the close to future, there is nevertheless a possible light at the finish of the tunnel, with the corporation issuing this statement right now: 

The Notice states that Overall health Canada will reinstate CannTrust’s licences under section 64(four) of the Cannabis Act if the motives for the suspension no longer exist or if CannTrust demonstrates that the suspension was unfounded.

In specific, it is attainable for the suspensions to be lifted if measures are taken to enhance inventory tracking to prevent unlicensed growing, unlicensed item is recalled and destroyed, and efforts are produced to make sure production and distribution only requires location by way of licensed channels. 

The likelihood of that possibility remains unclear, as CannTrust had currently taken substantial measures in that path prior to the Overall health Canada selection. Soon after the unlicensed expanding was revealed, the corporation fired CEO Peter Aceto, forced the resignation of board chair Eric Paul, and had all unsold item returned from the Ontario Cannabis Retailer. 

While CannTrust voluntarily ceased sales in mid-July and subsequently issued a management cease-trade order, the company’s stock continued to trade for non-insiders in the intervening time. The value has steadily declined to its existing position of $1.30 a share right now – much less than 10% of its trading value back in April.