In the recent wake of vaping-related illnesses and fatalities, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has released a report, titled Regulating Cannabis Oil Vaporizers, that examines the issue and provides recommendations for policymakers who wish to respond.
While the uprise in these incidents is attributed to illegal vaping products that are unregulated and untested, they raise serious concerns that must be addressed, the MPP stated.
MPP’s report discusses current state-level regulatory controls on vaping products and provides short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations that policymakers can implement to further protect cannabis consumers.
The conclusion of the report calls on the federal government to take a comprehensive approach to product safety testing that can only come from cananbis legalization at the federal level.
Importantly, the MPP believes that banning regulated and tested products is a short-sighted and harmful approach that will drive a significant number of consumers to illicit products, where the health concerns actually originate.
To date, zero vape-related deaths have been reported in Arizona, according to the CDC. US authorities have narrowed their search to illegal vape oil products as the cause of the vape crisis.
Read the full MPP report: mpp.org/VapingReport
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