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Lawsuit filed against Moorhead-based THC edibles manufacturers, retailers

Lawsuit filed against Moorhead-based THC edibles manufacturers, retailers


The Minnesota Pharmaceutical Board filed a civil lawsuit this week alleging that a cannabis retailer sold food products with 50 times the state’s legal limit for THC. The retailer, a business group called Northland Vapors, was specifically accused of violating Minnesota’s edible cannabinoid laws by marketing marijuana items under the “Death by Gummy Bears” and “Wonky Weeds” product lines. .

According to the Pharmaceutical Board, an ongoing investigation by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and the US Food and Drug Administration is looking into complaints about the company’s “Death by Gummy Bear” edibles, including a report that the products At least one person died after doing so. The FDA has not determined whether the adverse reactions reported by consumers were caused by the “Death by Gummy Bear” edibles, but notes on its website that products containing delta-8 THC, such as these gummies, “Has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context.”

The Board of Pharmaceuticals and the FDA raided a manufacturing warehouse in Moorhead, a western Minnesota town near the North Dakota border, in early November and reportedly found nearly 150,000 packages of THC products whose drug content was far more potent than allowed by state laws. Was.

A product sold under Northland Vapor’s “Death by Gummy Bears” line was reportedly found to contain 50 times Minnesota’s legal limit of THC.

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The products, which officials say match those advertised and sold on Northland Vapor’s websites, include: approximately 28,896 packages of “Death by Gummy Bear” edibles that contain 100 milligrams of THC per serving and 2,500 milligrams in total ; 112,710 packages of “Death by Gummy Bear” edibles that contain 100 milligrams of THC per serving and 1,000 milligrams in total; 2,400 packages of “Wonky Weeds” edibles that contain 30 milligrams of THC per serving and 300 milligrams per package; and 2,310 bottles of “Wonky Weeds” THC syrup containing 700 milligrams of THC per bottle.

The Minnesota Pharmaceutical Board said Northland Vapor allegedly failed to comply with investigators’ request for results from mandated testing procedures, which screen cannabis products for substances such as pesticides, heavy metals and solvents.

The lawsuit names Northland Vapor Moorhead LLC, Northland Vapor Bemidji LLC and Wonky Confections LLC, all operated by Brad Erpelding, as defendants.

CBS Minnesota Erpelding was reached by text message and pointed to a statement from his attorney saying the companies are trying to work with the state to ensure compliance with the new law. Tyler Lewrington, the attorney, described the lawsuit as an “aggressive tactic” that is an attempt to “smear” his reputation.

Leverington said, “There is no evidence of any harm arising from the proper use of Northland products. The state’s attempt to suggest otherwise is shameful.” “Northland is a small business committed to making a quality product and must now fight for its life against overzealous regulators in St. Paul who want to make a splash with their newly adopted legislation.”

Minnesota law places restrictions on how much THC manufacturers can put into their cannabis products. Any edible cannabinoid product sold in the state cannot contain more than 5 mg THC per serving or 50 mg THC per package. In addition to allegedly violating the terms of this state statute, Northland Vapors is accused of “marketing and selling products featuring fictional bears as well as gummy bears intended to be consumed or marketed primarily to children.” The bears are modeled after candy,” which goes against state laws prohibiting the sale of cannabis products that “resemble cartoon-like characteristics of a real or imaginary person, animal, or fruit that may be intended to appeal to children.” Attracts.”

Investigators say Northland Vapor’s “Wonky Weeds” syrup contains illegal concentrations of THC.

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“As consumers navigate the market, they need to be aware of the amount of THC in each serving,” Jill Phillips, executive director of the Minnesota Pharmaceutical Board, said in a statement. “Only products with five milligrams or less per serving and fifty milligrams or less per package are allowed to be sold under state law … These companies have exceeded those limits and have historically marketed to children Made it into a one-of-a-kind product.”

The Minnesota Pharmaceutical Board’s civil lawsuit seeks a court order mandating the “condemnation and destruction of adulterated edible cannabinoid products” sold by Northland Vapor and requiring the company to manufacture and sell products that comply with state restrictions on THC. Has been. The board is advising people to avoid products sold under the company’s “Death by Gummy Bears” and “Wonky Weeds” brands, and said that anyone who experiences adverse health symptoms after consuming these products should call his local Poison Control Center immediately.

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