COLORADO REGULATORS DRAFT BAN ON ADDITIVES IN CANNABIS VAPE PRODUCTS
Since early August a multistate outbreak of lung illness associated with e-cigarette products that, as of October 22, 2019, has sickened 1,479 people and resulted in 33 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local public health agencies, and other health partners have been investigating the cause of this illness.
E-cigarettes, also called vapes, vape pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems, and vaping, work by heating liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. The liquid can contain many substances including nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other additives.
Regulators with the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), a division of the Colorado Department of Revenue, are finalizing a ban on certain additives in cannabis vape products. In its natural form, THC oil is too thick to be vaporized, the ban would include three ingredients commonly used in products intended for inhalation including:
The proposed rule change would also include additional labeling requirements for concentrates or products intended to be inhaled through a vaporizer or metered-dose inhaler, including a requirement that the product has a label that states, “Not approved by the FDA”.
The rules have been proposed, the state licensing authority will ultimately decide if the measure moves forward. If approved, the ban could be in effect as early as January 1, 2020.
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*Data from Colorado Department of Public Health and Envoirnment as of 10/22/1019