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US (MI): Cannabis testing facility suing state over recalled products

Viridis Laboratories, a cannabis testing facility, is suing state regulators after its work became the subject of one of the largest recalls in the Michigan cannabis industry's fledgling, three-year history. 

The company said the recall of about 60% to 70% of the state's on-shelf cannabis products was "unjustified, prejudiced, and retaliatory," according to a more than 200-page complaint filed November 22nd in the Michigan Court of Claims. The recall caused an estimated $229 million disruption in the industry, the suit said.

Attorney David Russell said the state agency's action was part of a "prolonged campaign of harassment aimed at Viridis." Another attorney working for the company, Kevin Blair, said the agency disrupted the industry while disregarding "industry experts" and "widely accepted scientific practices." 

The suit asks for injunctions against the recall, citing violations of procedural and substantive due process rights and equal protection rights. It also requests ruling that finds civil conspiracy, abuse of process, and a dearth of authority at the agency to "summarily restrict" licenses.

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