How cannabis vaporizer firms can protect themselves in the wake of vaping crisis

(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the November-December issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.)

The biggest development in the marijuana space this year has been a vaping-related health crisis, in which hundreds of Americans have fallen ill and more than three dozen have died from pulmonary illnesses linked to vaping.

Health officials said that most of the vaped products involved have contained THC.

Victims in Illinois and Wisconsin – the first states to alert the nation to vaping-related illnesses – admitted to using marijuana products from the black market, not legally licensed marijuana businesses.

That doesn’t mean, however, that legal marijuana companies are off the hook.

In fact, it might behoove legal marijuana companies to take preventive measures now to brace for legal action that may be coming and lessen the potential for damage caused by such lawsuits.

For example, a Washington state man filed a lawsuit against six marijuana vape firms for their alleged roles in his lung illness. More lawsuits of that kind are expected.

“There really haven’t been a lot of product-liability claims yet,” said Rachel Gillette, a Denver-based cannabis attorney with Greenspoon Marder. “I say ‘yet’ because they’re bound to be coming.”

With that in mind, Marijuana Business Magazine spoke with experts in the field about how cannabis business owners can best prepare for potential litigation related to the vaping crisis:

For more of Marijuana Business Daily’s ongoing coverage of the vaping crisis, click here.

5 comments on “How cannabis vaporizer firms can protect themselves in the wake of vaping crisis
  1. Rod Gass on

    Short and to the point Bart, good stuff.

    The vaping crisis that attached itself to marijuana, was a scam. They required an ally that actually wasn’t an ally(marijuana). Cannabis/marijuana has a proven track record dating back ’til the beginning of recorded history. Vapes on the other hand are new and extremely harmful.

    The vape industry seems to want to leech off marijuana’s friendship with people. They’re wrong and need to stop relating THC to their crimes against smokers of bad junk. I’m certain the media has expressly attempted to twist the truth bas-akwards.

    There’s no documented proof that THC has ever hurt anybody, the killer is the people who scam. I wonder what they’ll add to THC next in the name of more profits.

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    • Sonia on

      This! Well said…. “The vape industry seems to want to leech off marijuana’s friendship with people. They’re wrong and need to stop relating THC to their crimes against smokers of bad junk,” and “I wonder what they’ll add to THC next in the name of more profits.”

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  2. Mike on

    It’s the modern business model. They go beyond not leaving any money on the table…they feel they have to pick the pockets of everyone around the table too. Whatever you can get away with is the new standard. It’s causing us to regress as a civilization.

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  3. Abdel on

    Vaping and distillates weren’t created for the purpose of “leeching” off of the relationship between cannabis and consumer. They were created as a tool of convenience and discretion. There are a lot of people who rely on these products so they can boost their appetite or lower their depression without taking a mega hit from a bong or smoking an entire jay just to find relief. Smoking large amounts isn’t for everyone, especially when you have a demanding job or lifestyle that requires you to smoke discreetly.

    There are plenty of working class people who just want a little puff to get them through the rigors of the day. That’s why these pens were created. Just like any product this was created with ease and convenience in mind. What makes it inconvenient is that we have a lopsided form of legislation or no legislation in varying states which creates this disconnect. If this were federally legal we wouldn’t have this big of a problem with counterfeiting.

    We need sound legislation across the board rather than the patch work we’re currently failing at maintaining. Not only do we need legislation, we also need education about what we are consuming and how to moderate that consumption. These are similar issues food, drugs, and alcohol all have. If the public is informed we can make better decisions. Don’t go blaming this on leeching or greed, THEY ARE BYPRODUCTS OF EVERY INDUSTRY ON EARTH INCLUDING HONEY WHICH ALSO GETS COUNTERFEITED. Should we BAN BEES while we’re at it?

    Before we start blaming pick pockets let’s pick our brain as to why and how these problems occur.

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    • RX Optek on

      You pinpoint it Abdel. I’m a long time user and I need it daily at lower dose and trying to get rid of it slowly before… using a Grindhouse dry vaporizer for several months now.

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