Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has sued two Kansas City retailers, charging they sold a hemp-derived oil that needs to be available only in licensed care centres.
The litigation followed an attempt by Koster’s office to get about 30 unlicensed stores across the state to stop selling cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil. Letters from the attorney general advising stores to stop the earnings were heeded with but four stores, such as the two in Kansas City, according to an announcement from Koster’s office.
In 2015, Missouri licensed two companies to develop raw, extract CBD oil and then disperse it. Legislators acted on signs that the oil has been helpful in controlling intractable epilepsy. The oil is available legally only to individuals that get a signed statement in the neurologist confirming their diagnosis and get a hemp extract registration card from the state.
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Two other suits by the state likewise charge River City Nutrition in Kirkwood and Planet Health Market in Ellisville with selling the cbd oil for sale oil illegally.
Shahid Hassan, owner of Main Smoke & Gift Shop, said he reacted to the correspondence from Koster’s office and stopped selling CBD oil more than two months ago. The litigation, however, said the shop confirmed to a state investigator on Aug. 3 it still sold the oil, which Hassan especially denied.
The person who owns this Ellisville shop declined to comment on the suit. Others could not be reached Wednesday.
Missouri’s lawsuits seek a court injunction against earnings in the companies, restitution to their clients and payment of an unspecified civil punishment.
Use of CBD oil continues to be controversial as it stems from hemp, or cannabis, that also contains tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that is the substance in cannabis that produces a high. Products legal under Missouri’s regulation are permitted to contain only a small quantity of THC.
Researchers have reported to Congress about CBD oil’s effect and the consequences of THC for handling epilepsy, pain and other ailments.