Marijuana advocates are taking advantage of the recent outbreak of vaping disease to renew calls for clear federal cannabis rules.
Federal health officials have cited TNC's black market products as a likely culprit for the mysterious vamping disease that has caused more than 2,000 people nationwide and caused at least 39 deaths. rules that allow for more and better research will make people safer.
"The black market can only be addressed through a viable legal market that is regulated and promises safety and security for consumers," says Terry Holt, spokesman for the National Cannabis Roundtable.
According to the latest update of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), products containing THC, in particular from "unofficial sources" such as friends, family or personal or online dealers, are related to most cases and play a major role role in the epidemic.
On Friday, CDC officials went out to cut an electronic cigarette cutter called vitamin E acetate. According to experts, vitamin E has been used in unregulated, illegal vaping products to dilute THC oil to maximize profits.
The CDC stated that Vitamin E acetate was a "very strong culprit" for potentially causing vaping-related injuries, but officials said there may be other causes.
Ann Shuchat, CDC Deputy Director, stated that most of the diseases are related to illicit THC vaccines, the agency cannot rule out any "leakage" of stained products into state licensed marijuana dispensaries.
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"States that have dispensaries determine their own regulatory measures" regarding documentation and ingredient testing, said Schuhat, making it difficult for the federal government to track them.
At least one death report was linked to oil purchased legally at a dispensary in Oregon, and while Schuhat said there was anecdotal evidence of patients buying vaping products exclusively from legal dispensaries, there were still many unknown factors.
"So far, the data indicates a much greater risk of THC-containing products from unofficial sources than licensed dispensaries," said Shuchat, but added: "I don't think we still know enough to take dispensaries out entirely. of the question. "
Colton Grace, spokesman for the Legislature's Intelligent Approaches to Marijuana Group, stated that the death in Oregon shows that this is not just a black and white problem.
" By pushing the line that legal products are "We will probably put more people at risk," Grace said, "All vaping products must be banned until researchers have identified the root cause of the disease," he added. "
" The answer is not regulation and testing. they injure and kill people, "ka a. Grace. "Use [the Food and Drug Administration’s] permission to get these products off the shelves."
Holt said the government should take action, whether that involves better oversight of state laws or stepping up cannabis regulation.
"There is a growing conclusion that whatever inequalities, dangerous practices in the illicit market, outdoor solar will do wonders to clean up the industry," Holt says.
Some states that have already legalized marijuana are taking action to try to keep the public safe from vaping disease.
Massachusetts has recently begun requiring manufacturers of evaporative cartridges, marijuana extracts and concentrates to publish a list of all ingredients and chemicals.
The Massachusetts Government Charlie Baker (R) also introduced a nationwide ban on all Washington products – including marijuana. Subsequently, a state judge ruled that part of the marijuana ban was not applicable, but that relief may be short-lived due to ongoing legal challenges and future regulation by state marijuana regulators.
In Colorado, employees are approaching the ban on certain supplements, including Vitamin E acetate. The state is also studying changes to the labels to give consumers more specific information.
At the federal level, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it is classified in the same category as heroin and LSD. Advocates say the restrictions make the clinical study of cannabis safety more difficult and more difficult to regulate.
The National Cannabis Industry Association has for months argued that varicose veins are a prime example of why marijuana should be rescheduled and better regulated.
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"If it is confirmed that Americans are harmed by unregulated, illicit cannabis cannabis markets, this is another reason for a real, comprehensive federal cannabis reform that will allow regulated , a tested cannabis industry to displace illegal market players, "he added.