Vaping Crisis


Vaping illnesses less common in states with adult-use marijuana, study shows

An academic study found that the cannabis vaping health crisis of 2019 was more pronounced in states that lacked legal recreational marijuana stores, pointing to the illicit market as the culprit and helping to further bolster consumer confidence in products from the licensed market. The findings strengthen the perception that state-legal marijuana industry products are safe […]

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Cannabis vaping firms nearly recovered from vape health scare, but COVID-19 concerns loom

Marijuana vaporizer companies are on the rebound since last summer’s vaping health crisis, reporting that sales numbers are largely back to normal despite concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on consumer behavior as well as the supply chain. Seattle-based data analytics firm Headset found that all four of the U.S. markets it tracks […]

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The science of medicinal, lifestyle cannabis products at the forefront of sixth annual Emerald Conference

The Emerald Conference, which focuses on how science and data support several sectors of the cannabis industry, kicked off Wednesday in California. The event, now in its sixth year, is an industry forum for discussion on best practices in cultivation, production and quality assurance through the lens of science. The conference runs through Saturday at […]

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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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