Missouri dispensaries, convenience stores clash over hemp-derived cannabis sales – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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JEFFERSON CITY — A fight is brewing under the Capitol Dome over whether Missouri should allow the sale of hemp-derived cannabis products at gas stations and other outlets across the state.

The conflict is pitting the state’s convenience stores against representatives of Missouri’s legal marijuana industry, which operates a network of more than 200 dispensaries licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services, following voter legalization of marijuana.

While the licensed dispensaries sell traditional cannabis products, a separate market in Missouri pushing hemp-derived “Delta 8” cannabis products has emerged in recent years following federal hemp legalization.

The hemp-derived Delta 8 products currently for sale at Missouri gas stations are unregulated by the DHSS. There are also no specialty taxes on the Delta 8 products, or official age restrictions.

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