7 February 2017
Obviously somebody forgot to turn on the common sense switch that day
The Times Union Reports…
Two former officers of Minnesota Medical Solutions, an affiliate of Vireo Health of New York, have been charged with illegally transporting medical marijuana products with an estimated value of $500,000 from Minnesota to Vireo’s Fulton County facility in December 2015.
According to complaints filed in a Minnesota court on Friday, MMS Chief Medical Officer Laura Lynn Bultman and Chief Security Officer Ronald Dale Owens transported cannabis oils from Minnesota to New York because marijuana plants grown at the Fulton County facility were inadequate to make medicine. New York regulators expected the five medical marijuana companies selected to participate in its then-nascent program to have products available for sale to qualifying New Yorkers by January 2016.
Charges are expected to be filed against a third employee, Chief Operating Officer Robert Allan Shimpa, who was also allegedly involved in the scheme, according to Brian Lutes, chief of the criminal division in the Wright County, Minn., Attorney’s Office.
The county attorney does not plan to charge the company with any criminal wrongdoing, Lutes said.
It is not clear whether the charges against the former officers will result in action against MMS or Vireo Health of New York by regulators in either state. The New York state Department of Health is continuing to investigate the matter, according to a spokesperson. The Minnesota Department of Health released a statement saying it will not comment on a legal proceeding, but emphasized that the charges do not affect medication safety, one of the state’s priorities for its medical marijuana program.