Vaping Crisis

How cannabis vape companies can win back consumer confidence: Q&A with scientist Robert Strongin

The rate of people sickened or killed in the vaping health crisis has slowed dramatically since last year, but scientist Robert Strongin worries that vape companies and oil manufacturers might turn to pine rosin as a thickening agent. A professor of organic chemistry at Portland State University in Oregon, Strongin says pine rosin has “some […]

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How coronavirus in China could disrupt the cannabis vape hardware supply chain

The coronavirus outbreak in China – which has killed hundreds, sickened thousands and led to travel restrictions – is expected to impact marijuana vaporizer companies that depend on Chinese suppliers by interfering with the flow of hardware and other products. Trade tensions between the United States and China previously caused disruptions in the supply chain. […]

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Cannabis trade group’s report targets illicit market in response to vaping health crisis

The marijuana industry’s largest trade association released a report?Tuesday on the vaping health scare?that calls on cannabis business owners, regulators and law enforcement to do more to combat the illegal market. The?National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)?report targets several areas for improvement in order for licensed cannabis companies to succeed against illegal operators, which many experts […]

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California finds illegal cannabis vapes tainted with additives

Marijuana vape cartridges seized in unlicensed stores in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping,?California officials said Monday. Officials also found that the illegal vapes confiscated in the December raids typically were not as potent as advertised and sometimes contained […]

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California to require marijuana retailers to exhibit QR code

Citing the 2019 vaping crisis, California cannabis regulators on Thursday mandated that licensed marijuana retailers and distributors?display a QR code?in order to differentiate legal cannabis businesses from illicit ones. The new regulation will go into effect after it’s approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, which will likely take at least two weeks. “The […]

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9,000 vape cartridges recalled from Detroit medical cannabis store

Michigan regulators recalled 9,380 vaping cartridges containing vitamin E acetate sold by a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. The vape cartridges recalled by the?state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA)?came from Plan B Wellness. In December, the MRA issued a statewide recall of cartridges with high levels of vitamin E acetate, which has been?linked to lung […]

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16% of cannabis vaping illnesses tied to store purchases, CDC says

Sixteen percent of patients in three states who developed lung injuries after vaping marijuana obtained the products from stores,?according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said the report reinforces its recommendations not to use THC in e-cigarettes or vaping products, USA Today reported. The report is based […]

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Massachusetts vaping death linked to marijuana

A man in his 70s who had reported vaping THC died from a vaping-related illness. The unidentified man is the fourth person in the state whose death has been linked to vaping, The Boston Globe reported. Many of the confirmed and probable vaping illness cases in Massachusetts have involved vaping THC in some form. As […]

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2019’s top US cannabis business stories: Vape crisis, California MJ industry challenges, landmark legalization moves & more

The U.S. cannabis industry experienced some momentous moves forward on the legalization front in 2019, but it also faced significant obstacles that reflected how the licensed marijuana sector is continuing to mature and why it cannot always expect boom times and unfettered growth. The top page views of the year at Marijuana Business Daily show […]

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How cannabis vape companies are using technology to ensure consumer confidence and bolster sales

The worst days of the vaping crisis?are likely behind the state-legal marijuana industry, but many MJ firms are turning to technology?to help further boost cannabis vape consumer confidence as well as deal with the dip in sales that followed the health scare. Examples of?tech-based solutions available to cannabis companies include: Providing certificates of analysis (COA), […]

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Lead found in some marijuana vape products in Massachusetts

Massachusetts regulators found “impermissible levels of lead” in 13 of more than 100 marijuana vape products that were tested. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission tested 109 vape products, mostly to see if they contained vitamin E acetate, an additive linked to the lung illnesses associated with vaping. While none of them contained vitamin E, a […]

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