Ex-officers of MMJ company charged in illegal transport

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Two former employees of a multistate medical cannabis company have been formally charged with illegally transporting MMJ products across state lines, from Minnesota to New York.

Both defendants, once officers of Minnesota Medical Solutions, were charged Friday with unlawfully taking cannabis oil from Minnesota to an MMJ facility in upstate New York, the Albany Times Union reported.

The newspaper said the two were the former chief medical officer and the former chief security officer. It didn’t quote either individual.

Vireo Health, the parent company of Minnesota Medical Solutions, holds MMJ licenses in both states. The defendants, according to the charges, were taking cannabis oil from Minnesota to Vireo’s facility because marijuana plants grown by the company in New York were “inadequate to make medicine,” the Times Union reported.

A third defendant is also expected to be charged in connection with the case, according to the Times Union. But the company itself will not be charged with any wrongdoing.

However, it’s still unclear as to whether Vireo will face any repercussions from the case, as MMJ program regulators in both New York and Minnesota have thus far declined comment. A company spokesman told the Times Union that the firm is cooperating with law enforcement.