The vaping disease which has killed six and sickened hundreds continues to stump doctors. A "significant subset" of vaping fluids used by sick patients contained vitamin E acetate, a diluent sometimes found in illegal cannabis vapes. However, some of the sick patients have denied vaping THC products.
Doctors consider using vapes bought illegally to be the riskiest behavior, although they can't confirm the safety of approved products. “E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless," according to a story in the The New England Journal of Medicine. "It can expose users to substances known to have adverse health effects, including ultrafine particles, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and other harmful ingredients.”
The backlash is on:
Cannabis industry groups consider the outbreak another reason to legalize cannabis, arguing dangerous products would be less likely in a fully regulated market. "These unfortunate illnesses and deaths are yet another terrible, and largely avoidable, consequence of failed prohibition policies,” National Cannabis Industry Association co-founder Aaron Smith tweeted.
And in a late breaking story, an AP investigation has uncovered another contamination problem which could mean more headached for the industry. The reporter found CBD vapes and edibles spiked with dangerous (and much cheaper) synthetic cannabinoids.
The New York Times explores what a bust in small town Wisconsin tells us about the vape underground. Police found 98,000 empty vape cartridges and 57 mason jars of THC oil. Two brothers, 20 and 23, are in custody. They have not been connected to any patients with the disease.
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Senate Banking Committee chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) says he wants to hold a vote on cannabis banking legislation by the end of the year. And Marijuana Moment reports cannabis banking legislation will get a full House floor vote this month.
In California, a bill which would have given cannabis businesses access to some financial services unexpectedly died until the next legislative session. 🌴WW California has more.
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Nevada has put a top cannabis regulator at the state taxation department on leave.
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Leading Canadian pot companies Canopy Growth and Aurora have developed secret internal formulas to predict when the U.S. will legalize cannabis or at least make it "permissable" in legal states.
Amid concerns over road safety, the California legislature passed a bill to ban cannabis use in limos and party buses. Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D) office declined to comment on whether he'd sign the bill. 🌴WW California has more.
An interesting piece in Bloomberg looks at the struggle to lock in cannabis intellectual property:
"Where many companies tout their intellectual property but few have successfully obtained exclusive rights to their inventions. For young companies, it will be difficult to prove they were first with an invention in a sector that’s existed illegally for decades. Those companies that are granted patents could face years of lawsuits."
As with so much else in this industry, the resolution of these questions is worth billions of dollars.
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