Is vaping CBD safe? Trump's new flavored e-cig ban leaves out marijuana, despite illnesses linked to cannabis products
'It is unlikely this pending FDA action will have a significant impact on the cannabis vapor market,' Paul Armentano, the deputy director at NORML, told Newsweek.
The Trump administration is preparing a complete ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid a rising number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, but officials are leaving out a key part of the problem: marijuana products.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration is finalizing regulations to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes from the U.S. market within 30 days. Companies will be able to reintroduce flavored products, but only after they submit a formal application and receive approval from the FDA.
"We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth," Azar said in a statement.But the White House made no mention of marijuana Wednesday, despite the fact that cannabis products have been linked to the recent surge of vaping-related illnesses. One person who died recently of a severe respiratory illness had used a device containing marijuana oil purchased at a legal dispensary.
Marijuana is illegal under federal law, which makes it impossible for Congress or the FDA to pass any regulations around its use or sale, as they have with e-cigarettes and tobacco products. This means that there is no federal oversight when it comes to the manufacturing and sale of CBD and other cannabis derivatives.
As a result, Trump administration's ban is not expected to have a huge impact on the current marijuana industry, but it could push lawmakers to consider legalizing marijuana so as to ensure consumer safety."It is unlikely this pending FDA action will have a significant impact on the cannabis vapor market," Paul Armentano, the deputy director at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told
Newsweek."The administration cannot make them any 'more illegal,' though theoretically the Justice Department or DEA could prioritize efforts to crack down on the manufacturing and sale of said products, particularly those produced by manufacturers that are out of compliance with state laws or regulations," he added.
The states that have moved away from the federal prohibition and legalized marijuana are responsible for setting their own regulations when it comes to the purity of state-licensed products. Armentano noted that it is likely that several states will revisit their regulations in the wake of the surge in vaping-related illnesses.
Matthew Schweich, the deputy director for the Marijuana Policy Project, toldNewsweekthat these illnesses should be another motivator for lawmakers to move forward on marijuana reform."We support efforts to reduce teen vaping. The recent issues with marijuana vaping show why we need to legalize and regulate marijuana. Unregulated markets produce unregulated products," Schweich said.
An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2018. Amid a rising number of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, the Trump administration announced a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has also called on the government to regulate cannabis products. In aninterviewwith CNBC earlier this week, Gottlieb said the country needed a"federal reckoning.""People who are vaping nicotine and having these reactions probably are vaping illegal products that are counterfeit," Gottlieb said. He lamented that cannabis vaping products are"falling within a regulatory gap."
Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, said this week that there's no way to"protect consumers if research is essentially banned and there are no federal regulations."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to stop vaping as reports of severe lung illnesses have risen to more than 450 cases. Officials say that a majority of the vape products involved in these medical issues have a primary ingredient of THC.
Obama says he worries about Trump's efforts to 'kneecap' Postal Service
Former President Barack Obama said on Friday he worries about protecting the integrity of November's election in view of efforts by President Donald Trump to 'kneecap' the U.S. Postal Service to limit Americans voting by mail during the pandemic.
My understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that the problem is a vitamin E compound that becomes toxic when vaporized. Also, cannabis is already illegal federally. Smoking is not safe. Weed is the safest thing to smoke, but you can;t be mixing it with oils and crap. You smoke regular organic weed flowers. Not some strange oil.
A very quick bit of research on this would show you that CBD and THC are two completely different types of cannabis smoke.
Trump & FDA Move To Ban Flavored E-Cigs After Vaping-Related DeathsToday, the Trump administration announced it is moving to ban flavored e-cigarette products in response to use by minors and vaping-related illnesses.
Trump Has Finally Graced the Nation With His Opinion on VapingHHS Secretary Alex Azar announced that the administration plans to ban all flavored vaping products And a little bit of that he's loving it! “But we can’t allow people to get sick and we can’t have our youth be so affected. And I’m hearing it'. Too bad he's not hearing what victims of mass shootings say 🤷♀️
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Trump Administration Considers Ban on Nontobacco-Flavored Vaping ProductsPresident Trump said his administration is considering banning all non-tobacco-flavored vaping products amid growing concerns about health hazards and use by teens. Yeah... good luck. Wtf would tabacco flavour be ok, aren't we trying to get people off of it? Might as well ban menthol cigarettes and flavored chewing tobacco
Trump looks to ban flavored vaping products: 'People are dying'The president credited his wife&39;s concern over e-cigarettes in his decision to seek a ban on flavored vaping products. I'm sure if the vaping companies handed him as much money as the NRA, the death toll wouldn't matter one tiny bit. I speak Trump. He’s saying he’s open for business to Tobacco lobbyists. Don’t read into it. GUNS?