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Canadian provinces erect barriers for regulated cannabis vape market

Another Canadian province established hurdles for the legal sale of marijuana vape products weeks ahead of their rollout across the country.

Newfoundland and Labrador joined Quebec this week in banning the products, while British Columbia earlier said it’s raising its sales tax on legal oil and dried flower vapes to 20%.

All three provinces cited severe lung illness related to vaping.

An industry body representing federally regulated cannabis producers acknowledged the risks associated with using vaping products from illicit sources but said the restrictions on regulated sales run counter to effective public health policy.

“Without access to a legal, regulated, supply of cannabis vapes, consumers will turn to unregulated channels, therefore putting themselves at greater risk,” the Cannabis Council of Canada said in a statement.

Thirteen cases of vaping-associated lung illness have been reported in Canada as of Dec. 3.

The Council said the products causing the wave of illness in Canada and the United States “are entirely the result of the illegal market that is unregulated and unsafe for Canadians.”

Health Canada mandates that cannabis concentrates in vape oil cannot contain ingredients that might be detrimental to the health of the consumer.

The national health department prohibits cannabis vaping products from containing sugars, sweetening agents, vitamins and coloring agents.

In an email to Marijuana Business Daily, Health Canada noted that provinces are responsible for determining the rules regarding adult-use cannabis distribution, sale and consumption within their jurisdictions – including any potential ban on certain products.

Edibles, extracts and topical cannabis products – considered Cannabis 2.0 – are going to become available in small quantities this month, with wider distribution expected in the new year.

Two weeks ago, Quebec’s monopoly cannabis retailer – Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) – told MJBizDaily it will not carry cannabis vape products.

“For the moment, no, we will not sell vaping product starting on Jan. 1 because, in the light of many health problems recently discovered in the U.S., we’re uncomfortable with the idea of selling such products,” SQDC spokesman Fabrice Giguere said at the time.

Both Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador promised to review the vape bans in light of relevant evidence.

Matt Lamers is Marijuana Business Daily’s international editor, based near Toronto. He can be reached at [email protected].

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2 comments on “Canadian provinces erect barriers for regulated cannabis vape market
  1. Bryce on

    What’s making people sick isn’t the nicotine, THC or vegetable glycerin It’s due to drug dealers cutting the THC liquid with canola oil. The similar color and consistency means they are able to sell less of the THC but still make money. The canola oil vaporizes similar to the vegetable glycerin that’s used as a base in THC and nicotine liquid but when it cools down in the lungs it thickens back up and sticks to the walls making it hard, if not impossible to breathe. 

     This is why there are so many cases that involve people who vape THC and fewer that involve people only vaping nicotine. The few people who denied using THC are probably worried about half the country finding out they use It due to its legal status in most states and the fact that these lung illness cases are getting a lot of publicity. If I was younger I would worry about my family finding out or my job finding out if I lived in a state that prohibits marijuana use. 

     I’ve been vaping for 9 years which isn’t long enough to understand the long term effects associated with vaping but I’ve had a physical every other year during which my Dr. looks at and listens to my lungs and according to him, they’re  healthy. We know for a fact that cigarettes cause cancer but with vaping we aren’t sure yet. Obviously no nicotine is optimal but between vaping and smoking cigarettes, it’s an easy choice for me to make. Vaping doesn’t cause me to gasp for breath while walking up stairs.

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    • Amick on

      Canola oil that’s hilarious, while you’re right they’re cutting carts (vapes) with stuff its not canola oil, as that would show it’s been cut. The number one way, or old number one way was the bubble test. Flip your cart upside down and watch the bubble, distillate (the extract) is thick and the bubble will move very slow. Obviously canola oil is very viscous so that would be a dead give away.. what was hurting everyone was a product called “Honeycut” as well as vitamin E acetate, other forms of vitamin E do not cause issue but the acetate form is cheap. Honey cut is a legal brand marketed towards cutting vape carts, while at the same time not meant to be vaped at all! Govt doesn’t care enough to do anything about it though.

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