Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against three THC companies

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(St. Paul, MN) -- Three Minnesota companies that manufacture and sell THC edibles are facing a lawsuit from the state Board of Pharmacy.

The lawsuit, which involves Northland Vapor Moorhead, Northland Vapor Bemidji, and Wonky Confections, claims they sold products containing more than 50 times the legal amount of THC.

On November 8th, the Board of Pharmacy and the FDA initiated an inspection at Northland Vapor’s manufacturing warehouse in Moorhead. There they say they found edible cannabinoid products that matched those for sale on the companies’ websites and at their retail location that were in violation of state law, including the following:

  • Approximately 28,896 packages of Death by Gummy Bears, labeled as 25 individual gummy bears at 100 milligrams of THC per serving, totaling 2,500 milligrams per package;
  • Approximately 112,710 packages of Death by Gummy Bears, labeled as 10 individual gummy bears at 100 milligrams of THC per serving, totaling 1,000 milligrams per package;
  • Approximately 2,400 packages of Wonky Weeds Gummies, labeled as 10 individual gummies at 30 milligrams of THC per serving, totaling 300 milligrams per package; and
  • Approximately 2,310 bottles of Wonky Weeds THC Syrup, containing 700 milligrams of THC per bottle.

To protect the public, the Board of Pharmacy embargoed this noncompliant product and is seeking an order from the court to destroy the noncompliant product as well as an order from the court to prevent Northland Vapor from manufacturing and selling edible cannabinoid products that violate state law. It is estimated the retail value of these embargoed products exceeds $7 million. The FDA inspection is ongoing.

 “As consumers navigate the market, they should be aware of the amount of THC in each serving,” said Jill Phillips, Board of Pharmacy Executive Director in a statement released to WDAY Radio. “Only products containing five milligrams or less per serving and fifty milligrams or less per package are permitted to be sold under state statute,” she said. “These companies far exceeded those limits and did so in a type of product historically marketed to children.”

THC edibles were legalized in the state earlier this year without plans for enforcement, licensing, or taxation.