Dispute between Minnesota hemp, marijuana advocates heads to court
The clash comes while the Legislature prepares to legalize recreational marijuana
May 2, 2023
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.