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JEFFERSON CITY — A medical marijuana trade association wants Missouri health officials to issue strict rules on vaping additives, testing and labeling as the number of people in the United States suffering pulmonary illnesses linked to the use vaping products continues to increase.

Andrew Mullins, executive director of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, asked Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, in a letter Monday to help it “diminish the black market” by issuing rules before legal medical marijuana sales begin next year.

Federal health officials have said many of the roughly 1,600 people with vaping-related illnesses this year were using black-market products containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

“With Missouri preparing to award hundreds of medical marijuana facility licenses in the coming months and begin regulated retail sales of lab-tested medical marijuana early next year, it is incumbent that we continue to work together to safeguard public health — and diminish the black market,” Mullins said.

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