Minnesota Regulators Sue Edibles Companies Over Potency, Product Violations

Minnesota allows the sale of THC products derived from hemp.

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy filed a civil suit against a trio of cannabis edibles companies for selling overly potent and illegally manufactured products that resulted in several teenagers being taken to the hospital.

According to the Star Tribune, the board filed its lawsuit against Northland Vapor Company Moorhead, Northland Vapor Company Bemidji, and Wonky Confections, all of whom it says are responsible for selling infused gummy bears that contained more than 50 times the legal limit of THC.

A unique Minnesota law allows for THC-infused edibles to be sold by practically any retailer in the state, but the edibles must be derived from hemp – not marijuana – and can only contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of THC per package, with a 5 milligram-per-serving limit.

Products sold by the three companies, however, contained as much as 2,500 milligrams of THC, the lawsuit contends.

In addition, some of the products made and sold by the three companies violate a state ban on edibles that resemble traditional candies that could be marketed to children. Specifically, Northland Vapor’s “Death By Gummy Bears” was an egregious rulebreaker, a pharmacy board spokesperson said.

“This group of companies far exceeded those limits and did so in a type of product historically marketed to children,” Pharmacy Board Executive Director Jill Phillips said during a press conference, the Star Tribune reported.

Phillips said that five teens from Iowa became ill after eating some of the gummy bears, and two were admitted to the emergency room.

The Pharmacy Board has seized roughly $7 million worth of products from the three companies and is awaiting a court’s permission to destroy the inventory, the Star Tribune reported. The lawsuit also requests an injunction that would bar the three companies from making and selling illegal edibles.

John Schroyer

John Schroyer has been a reporter since 2006, initially with a focus on politics, and covered the 2012 Colorado campaign to legalize marijuana. He has written about the cannabis industry specifically since 2014, after being on hand for the first-ever legal cannabis sales on New Year’s Day that year in Denver. John has covered subsequent marijuana market launches in California and Illinois, has written about every aspect of the marijuana trade, and was part of the team that built the cannabis industry’s first-ever trade show, MJBizCon. He joined Green Market Report in 2022.

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