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Editor’s note: This story has been modified to reflect a revocation date of Dec. 2, as the result of a correction by the Missouri Division of Cannabis Regulation.
The Missouri Division of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) revoked the marijuana manufacturing license of Robertsville-based Delta Extraction, LLC, the producer at the center of a three-monthlong recall that has riled the Missouri marijuana industry, according to a press release.
DCR, a division of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, issued an order of immediate suspension to Delta due to “a credible and imminent threat to public health or public safety,” according to the release. The revocation takes effect Dec. 2.
In August, the Missouri DCR issued a recall on 62,800 cannabis product lines, claiming Delta Extraction may have included out-of-state components in its manufacturing of cannabis distillate. Under Missouri law, all components of marijuana products must be manufactured in Missouri.
Delta then sold the possibly-contaminated distillate to producers across the state, and the producers used the distillate to produce all kinds of cannabis products.
“Delta Extraction admitted to sourcing THC-A from outside the Missouri cannabis program, converting the THC-A to THC, and selling that THC within Missouri’s regulated marijuana market, a practice prohibited” by Missouri regulations, according to the release.
DCR rolled back its recall on nearly 15,000 cannabis products in late October, allowing those products to return to dispensary shelves, according to a department press release. More than 48,000 products remain held in quarantine at sites across Missouri under the recall. The fate of those products, as well as millions of dollars worth of distillate, is still to be determined.
“While Delta Extraction’s use of out-of-state cannabis in our regulated system has been well-publicized and is a critical issue, DCR also found numerous other violations of rules at this facility,” Amy Moore, DCR Director, said in the press release.
“We must be clear on this: Businesses that choose to participate in Missouri’s marijuana industry do not get to decide which rules and which parts of [Missouri regulations] they want to follow,” Moore said.
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