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Former Medical Marijuana Company Officials Face Felony Charges

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Former officials from one of Minnesota's licensed medical marijuana manufacturers have been charged with illegally shipping marijuana oil to a New York subsidiary.

Minnesota and New York have legalized medical marijuana programs but shipping products across state lines violates state and federal laws. Minnesota Medical Solutions is part of parent company Vireo Health, with operations in both states. Charges filed in Minnesota on Monday allege two former company officials collaborated to ship marijuana oil to a New York facility facing a product shortfall ahead of its program's January 2016 launch. Dr. Laura Bultman, who served as chief medical officer for Vireo Health, and Ronald Owens, former security director of Minnesota Medical Solutions, face felony charges. Bultman's attorney calls the allegations unfounded and Owens has no attorney listed. A company spokesman says they're cooperating with the investigation.

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