Vaping Crisis

Massachusetts keeps cannabis vape ban, orders quarantine of products as regulators focus on suspect additive

Massachusetts regulators maintained a ban on the sale of cannabis oil vaporizers and devices after ordering marijuana retailers to quarantine the products on Tuesday, dealing a financial blow to MJ companies hoping for a speedy resumption of vape sales. In making its decision, the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) also focused on the need to test for vitamin […]

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Health officials identify additive in patients with cannabis-related vaping illnesses, a move that could boost legal vape products

U.S. health officials on Friday singled out vitamin E acetate as a likely culprit in the vaping health crisis, reiterating that many of the suspect THC vape products were obtained from illicit sources rather than licensed cannabis businesses. While the exact cause remains unknown, marijuana industry officials said that identifying a possible culprit behind the […]

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Week in Review: Marijuana lending activity cools, Vireo hires Linton, MA judge lifts MMJ vape ban & more

Cannabis companies confront fewer funding opportunities, Vireo Health taps Bruce Linton to help the multistate operator expand, a Massachusetts judge rules an emergency ban on vapes can’t be enforced for medical marijuana patients – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news.   Marijuana investment activity slows Cannabis companies are struggling to thrive as […]

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Vaping crisis creates adult-use cannabis hurdle in Minnesota

The vaping crisis is making some lawmakers in Minnesota reluctant to support recreational marijuana legalization in the state. Cannabis opponents latched on to the outbreak as a reason for the state to slow down legalizing adult-use marijuana, according to the Star Tribune. The outbreak came at nearly the same time that marijuana advocates were rolling […]

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Week in Review: USDA issues hemp rules, Mexican recreational cannabis vote delayed, spring rollout for Michigan’s rec market & more

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveils its hotly anticipated hemp regulations, Mexico’s bid to legalize recreational marijuana is delayed, sales of adult-use MJ in Michigan won’t begin until March or April at the earliest – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. USDA rolls out hemp rules The USDA released 160 pages of […]

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Massachusetts plans marijuana, tobacco vape financial impact estimate

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration on Friday plans to file a statement estimating the financial impact to small-business owners from the statewide ban on all vaping products. The Republican governor also plans a Nov. 22 public hearing on the statewide ban, which was the first in the nation. In September, Massachusetts banned the sale of […]

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Missouri cannabis group seeks vape rules

The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association wants the state’s health officials to issue strict vaping regulations. The association, in a letter to the Department of Health and Senior Services, asked for rules on vaping additives, testing and labeling before legal medical marijuana sales begin in Missouri in 2020, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nationwide, […]

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Sales of marijuana edibles up in at least four states in wake of vape health scare

The vaping health crisis apparently has been good for the marijuana edibles sector, a sign that consumers are funneling more money into infused products instead of vaporizers. Since the first vape-related death was reported in August, retail sales of edibles have climbed steadily in four states while those of vaping products have declined, though the […]

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Massachusetts keeps ban on marijuana vape products but allows use of crushed flower

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday maintained the statewide retail ban on the sale of all vaping products after securing approval from the Public Health Council for an emergency regulation, but at the same time a local judge allowed medical cannabis patients to purchase crushed flower for use in vaporizers. The emergency regulation, to be […]

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Gallup survey: Most Americans support legal marijuana despite vape crisis

The vaping crisis hasn’t dimmed Americans’ support to legalize marijuana, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Roughly 66% of those polled continue to support legalizing marijuana, based on Gallup’s annual crime survey, conducted earlier this month. Since late August, the nationwide vaping crisis has claimed 33 lives and made almost 1,500 people sick, according […]

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