In a case highlighting tensions between small businesses and multi-state operators (MSOs), A Maryland physician and MED entrepreneur is suing Minnesota-based MED company Vireo Health.

Dr. Mark Schneyer started MaryMed in 2015 with Vireo as a majority partner. Schneyer’s company obtained a state MED license; Now he claims Vireo improperly stripped him of his ownership stake. Maryland regulators are investigating the deal.

Vireo CEO Dr. Kyle Kingsley declined to answer the Baltimore Sun‘s questions. The company accused Schneyer of trying to disrupt its stock sale.

Vireo operates in 10 states. Two former Vireo executives face criminal charges for allegedly smuggling $500,000 of MED oil from Minnesota to New York in an armored vehicle in 2015.

Also in Maryland: A consultant is suing cannabis-private equity firm Privateer Holdings for shortchanging her on promised compensation. Privateer said it was not familiar with the allegations and expects to be removed from the complaint.
Cannabis Wire

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