Vaping Crisis

California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code

Citing the 2019 vaping crisis, California cannabis regulators on Thursday mandated that licensed marijuana retailers and distributors display a QR code in order to differentiate legal cannabis businesses from illicit ones. The new regulation will go into effect after it’s approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, which will likely take at least two weeks. “The […]

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9,000 vape cartridges recalled from Detroit medical cannabis store

Michigan regulators recalled 9,380 vaping cartridges containing vitamin E acetate sold by a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. The vape cartridges recalled by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) came from Plan B Wellness. In December, the MRA issued a statewide recall of cartridges with high levels of vitamin E acetate, which has been linked to lung […]

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16% of cannabis vaping illnesses tied to store purchases, CDC says

Sixteen percent of patients in three states who developed lung injuries after vaping marijuana obtained the products from stores, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said the report reinforces its recommendations not to use THC in e-cigarettes or vaping products, USA Today reported. The report is based […]

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Massachusetts vaping death linked to marijuana

A man in his 70s who had reported vaping THC died from a vaping-related illness. The unidentified man is the fourth person in the state whose death has been linked to vaping, The Boston Globe reported. Many of the confirmed and probable vaping illness cases in Massachusetts have involved vaping THC in some form. As […]

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2019’s top US cannabis business stories: Vape crisis, California MJ industry challenges, landmark legalization moves & more

The U.S. cannabis industry experienced some momentous moves forward on the legalization front in 2019, but it also faced significant obstacles that reflected how the licensed marijuana sector is continuing to mature and why it cannot always expect boom times and unfettered growth. The top page views of the year at Marijuana Business Daily show […]

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How cannabis vape companies are using technology to ensure consumer confidence and bolster sales

The worst days of the vaping crisis are likely behind the state-legal marijuana industry, but many MJ firms are turning to technology to help further boost cannabis vape consumer confidence as well as deal with the dip in sales that followed the health scare. Examples of tech-based solutions available to cannabis companies include: Providing certificates of analysis (COA), […]

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Lead found in some marijuana vape products in Massachusetts

Massachusetts regulators found “impermissible levels of lead” in 13 of more than 100 marijuana vape products that were tested. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission tested 109 vape products, mostly to see if they contained vitamin E acetate, an additive linked to the lung illnesses associated with vaping. While none of them contained vitamin E, a […]

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DEA shuts down illegal cannabis vape sellers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday they seized 44 website domains offering to sell illegal vaping cartridges containing THC and other adulterated substances. Some of the online networks advertised THC vaping cartridges by brand names along with statements about THC levels, indicating the items for sale […]

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Instagram banning cannabis vaping promotions by influencers

Social media influencers will no longer be allowed to promote vaping on Instagram, a Facebook-owned social media site that already bans advertisements of vape products. Product endorsements are common on Instagram through celebrities and others with large followings, known as “influencers,” Reuters reported. According to Instagram’s post, “Branded content that promotes goods such as vaping, tobacco […]

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Montana judge allows marijuana vaping ban to stand

A judge cleared the path for Montana to enforce a temporary emergency ban on flavored vaping products, including those containing THC. The 120-day ban began Wednesday afternoon. District Judge Jennifer Lint ruled against vape shop owners who sued to block the emergency ban from taking effect. Business owners argued that the rise of the lung […]

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Marijuana vape products recalled in Michigan

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is recalling vape cartridges that failed laboratory testing because they contained high levels of vitamin E acetate, a substance linked to lung illnesses cause by vaping. Many of the vape cartridges being recalled have levels that are more than 500 times the allowable limits, according to the MRA. For more […]

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Montana to begin enforcing marijuana vaping ban this week

Montana’s health department will begin enforcing an emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products starting Wednesday, according to state officials. The restrictions include the sale of all THC and CBD vape products, both in stores and online, as well as flavored nicotine e-cigarettes. The rules do not require businesses to destroy their inventory. […]

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