Federal crackdown on e-cigarette vaping could have broader ramifications for marijuana industry


2019-09-12 11:00:27 mjbizdaily


President Donald Trump and Congress are taking aim at the nation’s vaporizer industry, raising questions over whether a possible crackdown could produce fallout for the legal cannabis space. Marijuana industry officials are concerned that any federal action targeting e-cigarettes ultimately could result in regulations curbing the sale of cannabis vaporizers. Those concerns come as the Trump administration is preparing to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, according to media reports. On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, lawmakers plan to conduct a hearing later this month to look into the rash of vaping-related illnesses that have occurred nationwide. Federal health officials are scrambling to contain an outbreak of more than 450 possible illnesses – including at least six deaths – related to the use of e-cigarette and cannabis vaporizers. if (!window.AdButler){(function(){var s = document.createElement("script"); s.async = true; s.type = "text/javascript";s.src = 'https://servedbyadbutler.com/app.js';var n = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; n.parentNode.insertBefore(s, n);}());} var AdButler = AdButler || {}; AdButler.ads = AdButler.ads || []; var abkw = window.abkw || ''; var plc299585 = window.plc299585 || 0; document.write('<'+'div id="placement_299585_'+plc299585+'">'); AdButler.ads.push({handler: function(opt){ AdButler.register(172085, 299585, [300,250], 'placement_299585_'+opt.place, opt); }, opt: { place: plc299585++, keywords: abkw, domain: 'servedbyadbutler.com', click:'CLICK_MACRO_PLACEHOLDER' }}); The illnesses are scattered across 33 states. The exact cause of the outbreak is not yet known. CNBC reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing guidance to pull all nontobacco flavors of e-cigarettes from the market within 30 days. In Congress, Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, announced the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel will conduct a hearing Sept. 25 into the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. Asked by Marijuana Business Daily whether the hearing would address cannabis vaping, a spokesman for the congresswoman would only say: “Rep. DeGette is focused on one thing right now, and that’s protecting our kids from the dangers associated with vaping. “She wants to know what is causing hundreds of people across this country to become severely ill and what needs to be done to stop it.” Potential impact on marijuana industry The expected ban on flavored e-cigarettes appears directed primarily at keeping these products out of the hands of children, though it could have broader ramifications for the marijuana industry down the road – particularly if the federal government legalizes the drug in some form, according to Morgan Fox, spokesman for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). “There’s a lot of preliminary concern that this could be used to negatively impact cannabis-related regulations at the federal level when that process begins,” Fox said.  “We look forward to working with the FDA to develop sensible regulations for (vaporizer products) once Congress has ended prohibition.” State-legal marijuana stores have not yet reported a serious downturn in vaporizer cartridge sales. According to Seattle-based data analytics firm Headset, from Sept. 1, 2018, to Aug. 31, 2019, 35.9 million units were sold in the vapor category (vape pens and cartridges) in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington state through recreational marijuana retailers. Vapor is the No. 2 product category in each of those markets, second only to marijuana flower. According to Neal Levine, CEO of the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF), the industry would welcome federal legalization. He downplayed concerns that congressional action could negatively impact the vaporizer market, saying such worries amount to “speculation and conjecture.” “We’re concerned about the health and safety of our consumers,” Levine said. Educating cannabis consumers His organization is urging cannabis consumers to avoid purchasing vape pens and marijuana oil from the illicit market. “Although investigations and data collection are ongoing, it appears that most, if not all, of the reported cannabis-related cases so far stem from products sourced from the unregulated criminal market,” the CTF said in a statement. Aaron Smith, executive director of the NCIA, said in a statement the illnesses and deaths are another avoidable consequence of “failed prohibition policies.”  “Current federal laws interfere with research, prevent federal regulatory agencies from establishing safety guidelines, discourage states from regulating cannabis and make it more difficult for state-legal cannabis businesses to displace the illicit market,” he added. “These policies are directly bolstering the markets for untested and potentially dangerous illicit products.” The National Cannabis Roundtable, a marijuana industry group chaired by former U.S. House speaker John A. Boehner, said in a statement “a well-regulated cannabis marketplace is the most effective way to police bad actors and to get counterfeit and tainted products off the market to ensure and protect public health.” Bart Schaneman can be reached at [email protected]
美国总统唐纳德?特朗普( Donald Trump )和国会正瞄准美国的汽化行业,这引发了人们的疑问:一场可能的打击行动是否会对合法大麻空间产生影响。 大麻产业官员担心,任何针对电子香烟的联邦行动最终都可能导致限制大麻汽化器销售的法规。 媒体报道称,这些担忧出现之际,特朗普政府正准备禁止销售调味电子香烟。 与此同时,国会议员计划在本月晚些时候举行听证会,调查全国范围内发生的与吸食有关的疾病。 联邦卫生官员正忙于遏制与使用电子烟和大麻蒸发器相关的450多种可能疾病的爆发,其中包括至少6人死亡。 如果(! windows.AdButler ){( function (){ vars = document 。createElement (" script "); s .async = true ; s 。type =" text / javascript "; s 。src =' https://servebyadbutler 。com / app 。js '; var n = document 。getElements ByTagName (" script ")[0]; n 。父母。插入( s , n );();} 变量 AdButler = AdButler |{}; AdButler 。广告= AdButler 。广告[]; varabkw = wind 。abkw |; var plc299585= window 。plc299585||||0; 文件。写入(<'+' div id =" place _299585_+ plc299585+"); 阿德巴特勒。广告。push ({ handler : function ( opt ){ AdButler 。register (172085,299585,[300,250],' place _299585_+ opt.place , opt );}, opt :{ place : plc299585++,关键字: abkw , domain :' served by ad管家。com ',单击:' CLICK _ MACRO _ PLCEHOLDER '}"; 疾病分散在33个州。疫情的确切原因尚不清楚。 CNBC 报道说,美国食品药品监督管理局(Food and Drug Administration)( FDA )正在最后确定指导方针,要求在30天内将所有非烟草口味的电子烟从市场上撤出。 在国会,众议员.科罗拉多州民主党人黛安娜•德盖特( Diana DeGete )宣布,众议院能源与商业委员会( House Energy and Commerce Committee )的监督与调查小组将于9月25日就与吸毒者有关的疾病的爆发举行听证会。 当被《大麻商业日报》问及听证会是否会解决大麻吸食问题时,女议员的发言人只会说: “代表。德盖特现在关注的是一件事,那就是保护我们的孩子免受与偷猎相关的危险。 “她想知道是什么导致全国数百人严重生病,以及需要采取什么措施来阻止这种情况。” 大麻产业的潜在影响 预计对调味电子香烟的禁令似乎主要是为了防止这些产品落入儿童手中,尽管它可能对未来的大麻行业产生更广泛的影响——尤其是如果联邦政府以某种形式将这种药物合法化,摩根士丹利( Morgan Fox )表示。国家大麻工业协会( NCIA )发言人。 福克斯表示:“有很多初步担忧,这可能被用来在这个过程开始时对联邦层面的大麻相关法规产生负面影响。” “一旦国会结束禁令,我们期待着与 FDA 合作,为(汽化产品)制定合理的法规。” 国家法律规定的大麻商店还没有报告汽油盒销售严重下滑。 据总部位于西雅图的数据分析公司 Headset 称,从2018年9月1日到2019年8月31日,加州、科罗拉多、内华达和华盛顿州通过娱乐大麻零售商销售了3,590万台蒸汽类( vape 笔和墨盒)。 Vapor 是这些市场中排名第二的产品类别,仅次于大麻花。 根据坎纳比斯贸易联合会( CTF )首席执行官尼尔·莱文( NealLevine )的说法,该行业将欢迎联邦法律的认可。 他淡化了国会行动可能对蒸发的市场产生负面影响的担忧,称这种担忧相当于“猜测和猜测”。 “我们担心消费者的健康和安全,” Levine 说。 教育大麻消费者 他的组织敦促大麻消费者避免从非法市场购买大麻笔和大麻油。 CTF 在一份声明中表示:“尽管调查和数据收集仍在进行中,但迄今所报告的与大麻相关的案件中,多数(如果不是全部)来自不受监管的犯罪市场的产品。” NCIA 执行董事艾伦•史密斯( Aaron Smith )在一份声明中表示,疾病和死亡是“失败的禁止政策”的另一个可避免后果。这是一个很好的例子 “目前的联邦法律干扰了研究,阻止联邦监管机构制定安全指导方针,阻止各州监管大麻,使州级合法大麻企业更难取代非法市场,”他补充道。 “这些政策直接支撑了未经检验、潜在危险的非法产品市场。” 由前美国众议院议长约翰· A ·博纳( John A . Boehner )担任主席的大麻行业组织国家大麻圆桌会议( National Cannabis Roundtable )在一份声明中说,“监管良好的大麻市场是最有效的办法,可以对不良行为者进行监管,并将假冒和受污染的产品从市场上转移出去,以确保和保护公众健康。” BartSchneman 可以通过[电子邮件保护]联系到.