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Sparking a marijuana war: rival wants Pa. to drop grower under criminal investigation

September 8, 2017

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Sam Wood

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program took an ugly turn Friday as a Scranton-based company sought an injunction demanding that the state rescind a permit to grow and process cannabis awarded to a rival, Pennsylvania Medical Solutions.

Pennsylvania Medical Solutions is a subsidiary of Vireo Health, a Minnesota-based concern whose employees allegedly smuggled $500,000 in hash oil across state lines.

BrightStar Biomedics contends that the state should have barred Pennsylvania Medical Solutions from participating in the Pennsylvania program because of the illegal diversion. In its Commonwealth Court filing, BrightStar also accused the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana of violating the law when it awarded Pennsylvania Medical Solutions the permit because the parent company was the subject of “ongoing criminal investigations, license revocations, and administrative penalties.”

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“It is unlikely PMS would have narrowly edged out BrightStar had the breadth of its legal problems been known,” said attorney Mark Sheppard of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads.

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