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Infused Product Recall Upsetting Missouri’s Marijuana Industry, Top Wisconsin Democratic Senator Announces the Filing of a New Cannabis Legalization Bill, and Large Rhode Island Cannabis Grower Ordered to Stop Sales

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Infused Product Recall Upsetting Missouri’s Marijuana Industry

A widespread recall of infused marijuana products has led to a significant loss of inventory and revenue for many Missouri manufacturers and retailers. The issue began on August 2, 2023, when state regulators suspended the license of Delta Extraction, a Robertsville-based marijuana processor. Officials alleged that the company was using untested cannabis, or cannabis that was not from a licensed Missouri-based cultivator. As such, any infused products made with distillate manufactured by Delta Extraction came under question. Officials imposed an administrative hold on the products, and then on August 14th a full recall was issued. The state’s Division of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) recalled approximately 62,000 infused products, ranging from vapes to gummies. DCR stated in the recall notice that the products were not compliant with the state’s track-and-trace system. Manufacturers and retailers in the state claim that millions of dollars in revenue have been lost as a result of the recall. 

Top Wisconsin Democratic Senator Announces the Filing of a New Cannabis Legalization Bill

A top Democratic senator in Wisconsin announced the filing of new legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard held a press conference at a hemp farm, where she made the announcement. Senator Agard has been pushing for marijuana reform in her state for some time, and she said her bill takes into consideration the discussions she had with Wisconsin voters during her “Grass Routes” tour as well as the current adult-use cannabis laws in surrounding states. According to Marijuana Moment, Agard realizes the chances of the measure passing this session are slim, as both chambers are still GOP-controlled. However, she plans to continue fighting for marijuana reform as she believes it is the “right thing for the state of Wisconsin.”

Large Rhode Island Cannabis Grower Ordered to Stop Sales

A large cannabis grower in Rhode Island was ordered to pause sales while officials investigate possible violations. The grower, Fire Ganja or STJ, was first flagged by state inspectors in August when it was discovered that 1,473 marijuana plants and 1,507 ounces of flower were not logged into the state’s track-and-trace system. The company also faces an allegation that it did not disclose an owner. Both violations could result in Fire Ganja losing its license. The Warwick-based company is scheduled to appear at a regulatory meeting on November 30 to discuss the issue.