Michigan judge lets some marijuana in massive recall return to shelves

Lansing — Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray has lifted a portion of the state’s widespread marijuana recall, saying a segment of it was “in all likelihood based upon an arbitrary decision.”

On Nov. 17, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency recalled products tested by Viridis Laboratories and Viridis North because of allegedly “inaccurate and/or unreliable results of products tested.”

Viridis Laboratories, which said the recall affected about 60% to 70% of the state’s on-shelf cannabis products, sued, contending the move by the state was “unjustified, prejudiced and retaliatory.”

Murray’s opinion Friday said the regulatory agency relied on retesting of product tested at Viridis, which is located in Lansing, but not Viridis North, which is located in Bay City.

“Yet, the recall bulletin expressly states in the first sentence that the MRA ‘has identified inaccurate and/or unreliable results of products tested by safety compliance facilities Viridis North, LLC and Viridis Laboratories, LLC.'” Murray wrote. “As to Viridis North, that does not appear to be accurate, as everyone has agreed that no samples from Veridis (sic) North were included in the random samples re-tested prior to the recall, and which in part led to the recall.”

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