TCB Magazine reports
Vireo claims the state’s new law discriminates because there is no chemical difference between marijuana-derived THC and hemp-derived THC.
Earlier this week, news broke that Minnesota medical marijuana company Vireo Health filed a lawsuit alleging that the state’s new hemp-derived THC edible law unconstitutionally discriminates against the company’s market for edible THC products.
Vireo claims in the suit it has been discriminated against and its constitutional rights have been violated due to the equivalent chemical makeup of THC derived from hemp and THC derived from marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are, for all intents and purposes, the same plant. But legally, marijuana is classified as containing more than 0.3% of THC, the plant’s psychoactive substance.
“The so-called ‘hemp statute’ that took effect on July 1 allows ill-regulated, THC-infused products to be sold at unlicensed gas stations, smoke shops, corner grocery stores and virtually any other retail location across Minnesota,” Vireo wrote in a statement addressing the lawsuit. “The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in these products – supposedly derived from hemp – is chemically identical to the THC derived from cannabis and produces the same effects. Consumers can’t tell the difference – nor can chemists, regulators or manufacturers – because there is no difference between THC derived from cannabis and THC derived from hemp.”
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