Following months of doubt, the Centers for Disease Control identified vitamin E acetate in the lungs of 29 people sickened by VAPI, enough to declare the ingredient the likely cause of the condition which has sickened more than 2,000 and killed dozens.
In a great story, Leafly learns how an L.A. company led by a struggling actor, popularized a dilutant that was 90%-95% vitamin E acetate.
"Honey Cut took off because it made illicit vape cartridge makers a lot of money. The product fooled consumers into thinking they bought something pure. Honey Cut’s color and thickness closely resemble that of pure THC oil. It’s available online and does not affect the appearance or flavor of THC oil. As such, it fooled consumers performing what’s known as the “bubble test.”
Following the vape crisis, consultant Kimberly Dillon writes successful companies will embrace transparency.
In Massachusetts, cannabis regulators did not uphold the governor's ban on THC vape products, though that could reverse again.
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Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo (R-Id.) suggested presidential impeachment hearings could delay progress of the SAFE Banking Act in the Senate.
Crapo was vague on timing for the committee to hear the bill. He also supports tightening the House-passed bill in ways opposed by the cannabis industry, such as potency limits.
Also in D.C.: The National Cannabis Industry Association paid nearly half a million dollars to a lobbyist accused of embellishing his connections to the Trump administration. NCIA said it was happy with the lobbyist's work.
In other fundraising news: Start-up Vana raised $3.5M to place cannabis ads at mainstream publications like Buzzfeed and USA Today. "We like to think of ourselves as DoubleClick meets Shopify," CEO Sheldon Owen said.
Wall Street broker dealers don't know what to do about pot stocks.
Rapper Drake became a rare A-lister to join the Green Rush by signing a partnership with Canopy Growth to create a new brand More Life. Structured as a joint venture, it sidesteps Canada's strict rules surrounding celebrity endorsements. 🍁 WW Canada has more.
In the states this week:
An Ohio judge declared unconstitutional the state's law that 15% of licensed MED companies must be owned by economically disadvantaged groups.
While some legalization supporters strongly prefer the word 'cannabis' to 'marijuana,' a study found most people don't care one way or the other.
A group called Decriminalize California filed a ballot initiative to legalize and commercialize psilocybin mushrooms in California.
Real estate agents in British Columbia are selling a luxurious modern house made of hempcrete for C$2M.
For Veteran's Day, Leafly serves up a fascinating piece on weed and the Vietnam War.
“In the naval base, when I went to Vietnam, we started smoking weed—pot, at that time we smoked pot,” he said. “The reality was that it was able to prepare us for battle and all the unknown things. We were 18 and 19-year-old kids. The things that you’d see, you’ve never even seen before. It wasn’t like watching the news.”
After coming home, many continued to use it to treat what's now called PTSD.
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