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Michigan lab behind $229 million cannabis recall sues marijuana regulator

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The company is at the heart of what is considered Michigan Biggest marijuana recall ever She filed a lawsuit Monday against the state’s marijuana regulatory agency. The recall issued last week affects more than 400 sales sites across Michigan and represents an estimated $229 million in cannabis products, according to the lawsuit.

“The Department of Commerce and Industry has ignored industry experts, widely accepted scientific practices, and caused disruption through its reckless and arbitrary decisions, ultimately putting the patients and consumers it is mandated with protecting them at risk,” attorney Kevin Blair said in a statement on Tuesday.

Last week, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued a recall of all marijuana products, along with inhaled cannabis concentrate, evaluated by testing facilities Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North between August 10 and November 16. The agency said it had noted “inaccurate and/or unreliable results” from items tested by the facilities and advised those with “potentially harmful products” to dispose of them properly or retest.

The Verdis Lab described the latest recall as “unjustified, biased and retaliatory”. Blair said the recall “has no public health or safety risk to warrant it”.

“The summons is the latest and most egregious by the Department of Foreign Affairs in a protracted campaign of harassment targeting Veridis,” attorney David Russell said on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, these latest efforts by the MRA have caused massive disruption and chaos in the industry, hurting small businesses and discrediting Viridis without a scientific basis.”

The complaint alleges that the regulatory agency illegally shut down Viridis facilities and issued a recall despite experts saying there was no justification for doing so. The lawyers have asked the court “to provide relief to Viridis and to provide accountability and oversight to an agency that has far exceeded its authority.”

The Islamic State regulatory agency said it was investigating the summons. At the time of the recall, Viridis Labs said it was “fully cooperating.”

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency did not immediately respond to CBS News for comment.

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