Market Date:19 September, 2020

Will Vaping Illnesses Push Federal Marijuana Legislation?

The continuing saga of people getting sick from vaping has dominated the news cycle at the cannabis community in different times throughout the past couple of months. Together with the national government using their hands tied as a result of prohibition and the CDC apparently discriminated behind on identifying potential causes, many from the cannabis community have pointed out this really is actually the most thing legalization could negatively affect.

The simple fact of the matter is the national government — despite all of the resources required at its disposal — is about to have a difficult time getting a deal on the vaping catastrophe that has killed over three dozen individuals. So you may imagine how well they’re doing with zero resources at their disposal.

With marijuana being illegal, the government doesn’t have regulatory duty when it has to do with THC vapes. And because bootleg THC cartridges have emerged as by far the worst offender when it comes to making people ill, the feds have their hands tied.

“The emergence of concerns regarding the safety of unregulated vaping products has uniquely validated the exact issues that NORML has been fighting for over the last five decades, that regulation is the superior policy to prohibition,” Justin Strekal, the Political Director for NORML, told The Marijuana Times.

Leaving the earnings of items like THC vape cartridges at the hands of illegal traders seems as a status quo government officials might want to modify. If a man is at his garage creating vials filled with THC oil available in the black market, does not that hit the feds as something they’d want removed as much potential?

“As we saw in a recent congressional hearings, even CDC’s Deputy Director, Dr. Anne Schuchat, acknowledged that prohibition was making it harder to respond to the issue,” Justin informed us. 

“What must be done ultimately in order to protect public health and consumer confidence is the enactment of a regulatory structure that can identify and address bad actors and product issues in the marketplace. Under a policy of criminalization, that is impossible.”

As most of you know, I am not a huge fan of authorities and their capacity to get things done. For the most part, it is fair individuals making choices for strangers they have no business making. But the voluntary business associations that could set criteria for associates which I would love to view in as many cases as you can find in a grey area without national legalization.

In any case, both of these options appear imminently more preferable to that which we have today (or a combination of both, that is what’s going to wind up happening). And while country legislation have allowed for regulation and business associations, national prohibition has slowed that advancement and ensures that no state laws are secure if the feds opt to apply marijuana’s Schedule I status.

It is difficult to tell whether the vaping catastrophe has caused any motion in regards to support for national legalization. Together with the double circuses of impeachment and also the Presidential Election continuing, there does not appear to be much energy left for items such as cannabis law reform.