The New York State Department Of Health Last June First Acknowledged It Was Actively Investigating Allegations Involving Vireo Health Of New York.

Minnesota and New York have both legalized medical marijuana programs, and parent company Vireo Health cultivates and sells the medication in both states. But shipping products across state lines still violates both state and federal laws. Laura Bultman, the Minnesota firms former chief medical officer, and Ronald Owens, the former chief security officer, were charged by Minnesota law enforcement officials with allegedly shipping more than a half million dollars of marijuana oil to the Tryon plant. A Vireo spokesman on Wednesday issued this statement to The Leader-Herald: When we became aware of the possibility that one or more individuals may have acted in ways contrary to the laws of the state and to our own policies and procedures, we acted immediately to investigate the allegations, communicate with our regulators and take appropriate action. The company added: We take seriously our legal obligations, our regulatory responsibilities and our own standards and procedures in this area. We will cooperate with the agencies investigating this situation even as we maintain our laser focus on providing patients, who suffer from life-threatening and debilitating diseases like cancer and ALS, with best-in-class medical cannabis products and compassionate care. The New York State Department of Health last June first acknowledged it was actively investigating allegations involving Vireo Health of New York. According to an Associated Press story that appeared Monday, prosecutors in Minnesota filed felony charges against Bultman and Owens. The complaint filed in Wright County District Court alleges the two officials, who no longer work for Minnesota Medical marijuana Medical Solutions the companys Minnesota branch collaborated in December 2015 to ship more than five kilograms of concentrated marijuana oil from Minnesota to New York. The firm faced a product shortfall ahead of New York states January 2016 start to legal sales. Bultman and Owens each face felony charges that carry fines of up to $3,000 and up to a year in jail. A third Minnesota Medical Solutions executive was named in the complaint, but wasnt charged. Charges allege Bultman and Owens drove the marijuana oil valued at $500,000 or more to New York in an armored truck and then entered faulty information in the database that tracks shipments, suggesting the oil was taken to a waste facility to be destroyed.

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