Missouri Marijuana Companies May Now Legally Destroy Thousands Of Recalled Cannabis Products With State’s Approval

“If a licensee wishes to voluntarily destroy product on hold, they should contact the department to discuss.”

By Rebecca Rivas, Missouri Independent

Companies around Missouri have been required to store nearly 63,000 recalled cannabis products since early August.

But if they want to destroy that product, they can now consult with state cannabis regulators about how to do it, after a September 29 hearing on the recall was postponed until at least December.

Licensed cannabis businesses may not take action on the recalled product without permission for the state, said Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the agency that oversees the state’s cannabis program, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in an email to The Independent Thursday.

“If a licensee wishes to voluntarily destroy product on hold, they should contact the department to discuss,” Cox said.

However, it’s possible, she said, the case surrounding the recall could be resolved by October 20.

Robertsonville-based marijuana manufacturer Delta Extraction has asked the Administrative Hearing Commission to rescind the company’s license suspension and rollback the recall.

The company’s attorney, Chuck Hatfield, said he also “hopes and believes” the matter can be resolved by October 20 or sooner.

“We’re providing all the records that they’re asking for,” Hatfield said. “We’re making folks available to them for interviews, and we have been doing that since the first day that this was raised. Delta Extraction is an open book.”

Attorneys for the state and Delta Extraction agreed in a September 25 joint motion that the hearing will not be rescheduled prior to November 30. A commissioner with the Administrative Hearing Commission granted the motion the next day.

The state also agreed not to order any cannabis licensee to destroy the recalled products, which potentially contain a THC concentrate that’s under investigation. If licensees choose to destroy it voluntarily, Cox said, “it would be destroyed according to the requirements for destruction/waste in applicable regulations.”

On August 2, the state regulating agency suspended Delta Extraction’s operations after accusing the company of sourcing untested “marijuana or converted hemp from outside of a Missouri licensed cultivation facility.”

The state issued an administrative hold on the products days after and then a full product recall on August 14.

Delta has denied accusations that it illegally imported marijuana into the state by arguing it actually imported a non-psychoactive hemp product that was converted into THC once in Missouri.

The commissioner overseeing Delta’s appeal of the recall and license suspension said the company will likely lose that argument, because it’s illegal in Missouri to add “hemp-derived chemically modified ‘converted’ cannabinoids” to marijuana products.

Last month, the department asked the commission to delay the hearing that was scheduled for September 29. Delta opposed the motion, and a commissioner denied it.

However in the September 25 joint motion, the department agreed to hold off on its attempt to revoke Delta’s license until October 20—and Delta agreed to pushing back the hearing date.

The department issued a notice of pending revocation on September 1, and Delta would’ve had until October 2 to prove its case against the accusations. However, Delta’s attorneys argued in an email that there was no need to expedite the revocation process because the company’s operations have already been suspended.

The two parties agreed that the revocation process will be completed by October 20. And if the parties cannot reach an agreement, then a hearing would be set after November 30.

This story was first published by the Missouri Independent.

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