Vaping illnesses continue to spread as THC risks revive marijuana legalization debate
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — As the number of cases of lung illnesses associated with vaping continues to rise, advocates on both sides of the marijuana legalization debate have seized upon the possibility that Americans were sickened by illegal products containing tetrahydrocannabinol to bolster their arguments.
“We are leaving no stone unturned and following all potential leads regarding any particular product, constituent, or compound that may be at issue,” Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, told reporters Thursday.
Cannabis Business Times
In the wake of recent news surrounding vaping-related lung illnesses and seven reported deaths in the U.S.—and the first confirmed illness reported in Canada Sept. 18—cannabis cartridge manufacturers and retailers have taken to social media to convey the safety of their products.
Quill, a vape delivery technology manufacturer based in Oregon, issued a statement on Instagram, echoing similar sentiments across the industry. “No additives. No dilutants. No fillers. Just pure extract. Everyone has been asking in the last week about what’s in our pens. The questions that we’ve been getting are truly, very good ones. And, to be honest, these are questions we wish consumers had been asking all along. Do we use Vitamin E? No. Do we use MCT? No. What about botanical terpenes? No. The answer is always, emphatically: NO.”…
Foundation For Economic Education
Want to Solve the Vape Crisis? End Marijuana Prohibition
The reason these illnesses are coming from THC vapes and not nicotine is precisely because the latter is legal while the former is not.