Slow down Minnesota! State Pops Edible Manufacturer for Selling 2,500 mg Gummy Candies
ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Minnesota Pharmacy Board of Pharmacy on Monday sued a Moorhead-based maker of THC-infused gummies, saying the company’s candies contain far higher doses of THC than state laws allow.
The lawsuit alleges that Northland Vapor Co. and its Moorhead and Bemidji stores violate Minnesota’s new law allowing edible and drinkable low-level cannabinoids.
These products may contain no more than 5 milligrams of hemp-derived THC in any single serving, or more than 50 milligrams per package. But investigators found candy at 20 times the legal dose and packets at 50 times the maximum dose, they say.
That’s… a lot of THC
In most legal states for adult consumption, a single serving of a THC-infused edible is limited to 5mg or 10mg of THC. For an adult cannabis user who enjoys an occasional edible, 5 to 10 mg can feel like a glass or two of wine. Doses above 20mg to 50mg are typically enjoyed by consumers with a higher cannabis tolerance or used to treat extreme pain situations such as those experienced by cancer patients.
Legal states typically limit total THC content to 100 mg per package. That is, 20 gummies of 5 mg each, or 10 gummies of 10 mg each.
All of which is to say: a 100mg single-dose gummie delivers a potent THC punch. A 2,500 mg pack of gummy bears is…well, it’s a lot.
And the Northland Vapor Company seemed to show some awareness of their offering. The product name: Death by Gummy Bears.
Make no mistake, marijuana edibles are now legal in Minnesota
No people, no animals, no fruits
In the lawsuit, state officials said the gummy candies also violate Minnesota’s rule that edibles cannot resemble people, animals or fruit. Another product sold under the name “Wonky Weeds” also exceeded state limits, the lawsuit alleges.
The Pharmacy Board and Food and Drug Administration officials inspected Northland Vapor’s Moorhead manufacturing facility on Nov. 8 and imposed an embargo on the noncompliant products, which the board estimates have a retail value in excess of $7 million.
The company says it has tried to comply
The lawsuit, filed in Clay County District Court in Moorhead, seeks a court order that those products be destroyed and that the company refrain from selling edibles in violation of state law effective July 1, 2022 in came into force.
Northland Vapor’s attorney, Tyler Leverington, said in a statement that the company had tried to work with the state to comply with the law, “but someone decided that Northland should make an example.”
Recreational marijuana itself remains illegal in Minnesota. But Democrats, who took full control of the state government in November’s election, plan to make a push to broadly legalize it in the coming term. Senate Republicans blocked earlier attempts but lost their majority.
Edible products containing hemp-derived delta-9-THC were inadvertently legalized by a state law passed earlier this year. This law was a result of legislators’ attempts to crack down on hemp-derived delta-8 THC products, but legislative language incorrectly created a loophole for hemp-derived delta-9 THC products.