US (MO): Cannabis regulators to revoke license of company at center of recall

The state’s Division of Cannabis Regulation is revoking the cannabis manufacturing license of Delta Extraction after accusing the company of illegally importing “cannabis product” from out-of-state and adding it to Missouri-grown cannabis products.v The revocation will take effect on Dec. 2.

The Robertsville-based company is at the center of Missouri’s massive cannabis recall that was issued on Aug. 14. The state recently rolled back part of the recall, but the fate of more than 45,000 recalled products — and those of dozens of cannabis businesses facing a steep financial loss if the products must be destroyed — is still pending.

The recall will be debated during a hearing before the Administrative Hearing Commission in December, where Delta’s appeal on its license revocation will also likely be heard. “We must be clear on this: Businesses that choose to participate in Missouri’s cannabis industry do not get to decide which rules and which parts of [the constitution] they want to follow,” Amy Moore, director of the division, said in a press release Thursday announcing the decision.

Delta Extraction has denied accusations that it illegally imported cannabis into the state by arguing it actually imported a non-psychoactive hemp product, THC-A, that was converted into the psychoactive delta-9 THC once in Missouri. Hemp is not a federally controlled substance. “The department’s actions are illegal and unfounded,” said Chuck Hatfield, attorney for Delta Extraction. “The issue stems from Delta using legal hemp products in its legal cannabis products, which passed state testing before it was sold to consumers.”


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