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 on 809 patients in Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah who provided data on where they obtained THC-containing products.

The buying breakdown was:
  • 131 patients, or 16%, reported acquiring their products from only commercial sources.
  • The majority, 627, cited “informal” sources such as family, friends and in-person or online dealers.
  • Fifty-one, or 6%, obtained the products from informal sources as well as from commercial retailers.

Commercial sources, according to the CDC, include:

  • Recreational marijuana stores.
  • Medical cannabis dispensaries.
  • Vape or smoke shops.
  • Pop-up stores.

Consumers might not know whether stores or dispensaries are actually licensed, even in states where adult-use marijuana is legal.

In California, for example, the Bureau of Cannabis Control seized nearly 10,000 illegal vape pens from unlicensed retailers in two days last month, according to the CDC.

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2 comments on “16% of cannabis vaping illnesses tied to store purchases, CDC says
  1. Pat on

    How is it that ALL the states that have licensed store fronts not be required to submit their morbidity data, at least monthly to the CDC around this issue? Only three states “participated??” How is that possible? How are the states that did DID NOT “give up” their data, care at all about the vaping crisis? This should not be a voluntary concern.

    The article mentions that the state of ca. confiscated 10,000 vape pens ( in just 2 days!! ) in Dec. 2019. What should that be saying about ca.? Knowing that this is a huge problem in ca., why is it that the CDC has not investigated ca. numbers on their contribution to vaping illnesses/deaths?

    Something that ca. citizens may not be aware of is this: The Ca. Dept. of Public Health’s ( CDPH ) Director recently resigned. And the reasons for her resignation ( about 2 mos ago ) were allegedly related to corruption of the worst kind as it relates to the mission of all physicians ( “do no harm” ). Apparently, this physician got reeeal chummy with a lot of the industries she was regulating; AND held huge positions in stock of many of those companies. This physician apparently looked the other way, and exposed the ca. citizenry to a lot of potential/real harm during her tenure. If found to be true, she should be imprisoned and stripped of her license. At this point, the evidence seems overwhelmingly against her.

    So, is this what ca. citizens are paying for? The cannabis businesses whom have to pay for all these imposed gov. taxes/permit fees, to get WHAT exactly in return from their gov?? How is the gov. justifying any of these taxes/fees when it comes to cannabis businesses and consumers of state sanctioned cannabis retailers? Is public health and safety being preserved?

    Why isn’t the CDC having investigators go state to state ( that have gov. licenses to operate ) and conducted formalized, by the book investigations to get REAL data on this crisis? Because the numbers reported in this article don’t really mean anything. And they surely do not represent the severity of this problem and where it’s headed. Shame on you CDC. You and a lot of these states care more about “something else” than what your mandate requires you to do. And that is to protect the public’s health and environment.

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