In reaction to this vaping catastrophe, NCIA’s Policy Council has formed a Safe Vaping Task Force. The goal of the task force would be to unite the business by communicating clearly in response to media reports and state/federal political activities, and clearly articulates the state-legal cannabis business’s duty to act with ethics as accountable actors. The task force will soon be releasing summaries of recent advancements as well as the cannabis business’s response, generating and releasing a white paper on secure vaping, unifying the business’s answer, and engaging national and state/local authorities as appropriate. Members of this task force include medical doctors, scientists, cannabis license holders, and applicable ancillary businesses.
Here is the latest about secure vaping in the news this week:
- The New York Times reported October 21, 2019 that while the authorities and researchers have expended considerable funds into researching nicotine delivery devices, national law hasn’t allowed research to the health effects of cannabis since it’s classified as a controlled substance with a high potential for misuse. Thus, we do not have a lot of scientific understanding of that which THC vaping does to the lungs. The Times report added that in nations where cannabis is legal, counterfeit vape capsules (vape carts) are far more affordable than the controlled, licensed, examined and taxed goods.
- The Boston Globe reported October 21, 2019 a state court judge ruled that the four month ban on cigarette vapes by Governor Charlie Baker was unconstitutional because it didn’t permit input from affected companies and the general public. The Court ruled that smoking vape earnings have to resume on Monday unless the Baker Administration submits the smoking ban because of a formal emergency law before then. The decision didn’t affect THC vapes.
- The Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus will convene this week Wednesday, October 23 to talk about marijuana and general public wellbeing, including panels which have witnesses from federal agencies and academia. The Caucus is co-chaired by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Senator Cornyn is a vocal opponent of cannabis legalization, saying recently he wishes to hold this hearing ahead of any vote SAFE Banking. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, that has been an outspoken critic of marijuana reform, is scheduled to testify. Also testifying will be Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Volkow has opined the Program I status of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act is inhibiting research. That is consistent with NCIA’s place, and that’s that we will need to de-schedule, govern, and evaluation.
- CDC Primary Deputy Director Anne Schuchat emphasized last week that the vast majority of vaping-related accidents connected with THC-containing cartridges have been tracked back into the illegal market, instead of state-legal cannabis stores.
- Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated last week that cannabis ought to be de-scheduled and the national government must regulate marijuana.
- California lawmakers are thinking about an outright ban of vape products, such as smoking and THC. This potential activity comes on the heels of Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, banning most of vaping goods for four weeks.
- Anti-marijuana legalization team Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) hired three new lobbyists to help fight SAFE banking and other cannabis laws on Capitol Hill and delivered a letter this week by the company’s science advisory board into congressional leadership urging them to not encourage cannabis legislation.
- As of October 15, 2019, 1,479 lung injury instances connected to the usage of vaping goods are reported to CDC from 49 countries (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. land. Thirty-three deaths are verified in 24 states. The CDC is updating this info every Thursday.