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Colorado is Escalating the War on Vaping Products

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Lately, vape products are on the hot seat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1479 vape related lung injury cases and 33 deaths.

Deaths have been confirmed in 24 states. It's important to understand that these cases are the result of products containing THC and also from products that do not. Regardless of the product, this is a significant concern. Both industry people and the CDC say the problematic cases are a result of unlicensed manufacturers selling untested vape products "The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g., friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak."

As part of the war on the vape and e-cigarettes national crisis, Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division has finalized new rules, including prohibiting certain additive ingredients in cannabis vaping products.

Because natural THC oil is too thick to vaporize, it is "mixed" with different additives used as thinning agents such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT oil) to make the THC oil possible for vaporization and inhalation. The problem is that some of the additives break down into high dangers ingredients.

This problem propelled another rule change mandates that additives within concentrates or products intended to be inhaled through a cannabis vape would need to be listed on the product label. And vaping devices containing the product or focus would need to be labeled as "Not approved by the FDA." Having stronger regulation and enforcement of cannabis products is an essential step in making cannabis products safe for consumption.

 

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