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Missouri AG Starts Investigating Intoxicating Hemp Derivatives

Earlier this week, Missouri’s AG began investigations in a bid to limit intoxicating hemp products. The issue, according to Attorney General Andrew Bailey, is products such as delta-8 vape pens and edibles, which aren’t labeled clearly for consumers.

In his press release, the attorney general stated that people in Missouri had a right to know if the products they were buying had any serious or possibly dangerous side effects, such as hallucinations, severe confusion and psychotic episodes.

Intoxicating products made from hemp are unregulated. Despite this, they are still sold in places such as gas stations and bars because hemp is legal at the federal level. This has prompted many to call for the state to impose age restrictions on these products, along with testing and labelling requirements.

Two GOP legislators have proposed measures to do this. However, these measures would also ban most of the hemp products on the market, which would put many companies out of business. To help with this, the attorney general issued subpoenas to a number of companies, including CBD Kratom Connect LLC.

This company is different from CBD Kratom, which has more than 60 retail locations throughout St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York, Houston, Dallas and Chicago. Many players in the hemp industry say that they have never heard of CBD Kratom Connect. Many others add that it has no online presence, which shows that it is operating in Missouri.

It should be noted that CBD Kratom Connect has no links to CBD Kratom, as stated by David Palatnik, CBD Kratom’s owner. During the investigation’s hearings, Palatnik spoke in favor of banning products that were made to appeal to underage individuals, which is exactly what the AG hopes to address.

In his statement, Palatnik said that packaging made to be attractive to kids violated federal laws, noting that his company ensured all products had transparent labels. He then added that he opposed the bill proposed in the state’s general assembly mainly because of the negative impact it could have on legal hemp businesses.

In addition to the aforementioned LLC, the attorney general also ordered investigations be made into American Shaman, which is one of the biggest intoxicating hemp companies in the country. The company’s owner, Vince Sanders, stated in a recent interview that while the company made chocolates and gummies with THC derived from hemp, all products were sold in childproof containers, as required by state law for cannabis products.

Sanders, who is opposed to the proposed measure that would affect hemp businesses, adds that all products were made for individuals aged 21 years and older. He also revealed that in order to purchase products, individuals had to sign forms saying that they understood the products were psychoactive.

It is high time regulatory clarity is provided for THC products extracted from hemp because licensed cannabis companies such as TerrAscend Corp. (TSX: TSND) (OTCQX: TSNDF) may be unfairly losing ground to gray-market actors targeting the same clients that cannabis companies attend to.

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