Minnesota Files Lawsuit Against Several Companies for Illicit Edible Sales

Minnesota said on monday It’s suing three companies for allegedly violating state edible cannabinoid laws, saying it sells products containing up to 50 times the allowed amount of THC.

The lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Pharmacy Commission covers three companies, one of which, Northland Vapor (a company with retail stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota), claims that “5 milligrams sold edible cannabinoid products containing more than THC.” Well over 50 milligrams per serving, per package.

Under Minnesota law, the Pharmacy Commission states, “Edible cannabinoid products shall not contain more than 5 milligrams of hemp-derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a single serving or in excess of 50 milligrams total per package. ‘ explained.

Agency investigators “discovered a package containing 2,500 milligrams of THC, 50 times the amount allowed by Minnesota law,” the commission said.

Perhaps the most notable contraband cleared in the investigation was thousands of packages of the Delta-8 THC product known as “death by gummy bears.”

As explained by the Minnesota Pharmacy Commission, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received complaints of serious adverse events, including deaths, associated with Northland Vapor’s “death from gummy bears” Delta 8 THC product. rice field. ”

Minnesota Public Radio Report The board lawsuit states, “Company owner Brett Arpelding admitted to investigators that he sold products that were not in compliance with Minnesota law, but claimed the products were not sold in Minnesota. did.

“The Pharmacy Commission, working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, notified the FDA in October that a healthy, 23-year-old man in West Virginia died shortly after consuming 10 Death by Gummy Bears branded products. We are investigating Erpelding’s company after the incident.The cause of death was listed as unknown.” Minnesota public radio reported.

Last month, on November 8, the Regulatory Affairs Board and the FDA “began an inspection at Northland Vapor’s manufacturing warehouse in Moorhead, Minnesota.” The board said in its releasenote that investigators have found that edible cannabinoid products that match those sold on the company’s website and retail stores violate state law. Includes: approximately 28,896 packages of Death by Gummy Bears, labeled as 25 gummies, carrying 100 milligrams of THC per serving for a total of 2,500 milligrams per package Death by Gummy Bears in approximately 112,710 packages Labeled as 10 gummy bears with 100 milligrams THC per serving for a total of 1,000 milligrams per package, approximately 2,400 packages of Wonky Weeds Gummies come in 10 individual pieces with 30 milligrams THC per serving. Approximately 2,310 bottles of Wonky Weeds THC syrup containing 700 milligrams of THC per bottle, labeled as gummies for a total of 300 milligrams per package.

The state’s new edibles law went into effect last summer, catching lawmakers and residents unaware that Minnesota had effectively legalized recreational cannabis. It has been criticized for lacking

The state’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, has long voiced support for legalization, and now that he’s secured his re-election — and that Democrats have regained control of the state legislature — even stronger cannabis laws are in place. expected to be enacted. We may soon arrive in the land of 10,000 lakes.

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