Dispute between Minnesota hemp, marijuana advocates heads to court

The clash comes while the Legislature prepares to legalize recreational marijuana


Alex Kormann, Star Tribune file

Steven Brown, CEO of Nothing But Hemp, posed for a portrait with gummies containing Delta 9 and CBD in June 2022. Brown filed a lawsuit last week against the pro-legalization nonprofit MN is Ready and one of its associates.

A clash between legalization advocates and hemp industry players is heading to court while the Minnesota Legislature moves closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Steven Brown and Glenn McElfresh, two outspoken hemp industry advocates and business owners, are suing the main lobbying group pushing for recreational marijuana legalization, accusing it and one of its associates of defaming them online and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

They allege that the pro-legalization nonprofit MN is Ready, and Crested River Cannabis Co. owner Shawn Weber, attacked them for raising concerns about how the marijuana legalization bill might affect the hemp industry.



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