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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St. Louis Public Schools officials reported last week that four Sumner High School students were hospitalized after consuming edibles that may have contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, that one student had purchased from a nearby convenience store.
Ronald Leone, executive director and longtime lobbyist for the Missouri Petroleum and Convenience Association, said Monday his organization supports