The final week has been full of media protection concerning current sicknesses related to vaping. As we beforehand blogged about, in current weeks tons of of sicknesses and half a dozen deaths have been reported throughout the nation, with e-cigarette system utilization being pointed to because the possible trigger.

A number of the circumstances contain customers which have reported utilizing cannabis vape pen cartridges and a few contain customers that reported having solely used nicotine-based vaping merchandise. Sure circumstances contain the dilutant additive vitamin E acetate and others don’t. Lots of unknowns nonetheless exist, and regulators are nonetheless trying into the matter.

The deaths and sicknesses are tragic, and that may’t be emphasised sufficient. Calls have been rising for a lot of days for lawmakers and regulators to do one thing. No matter if new legal guidelines and/or rules are handed, the cannabis trade must step up on this essential second.

Members of the authorized cannabis area have to be as clear as potential. It hasn’t been decided but whether or not authorized cannabis vaping merchandise had been accountable for any of the sicknesses, and hopefully authorized cannabis merchandise really had nothing to do any of the circumstances.

Makers of cannabis merchandise must all the time use high quality inputs, and all the time make it extraordinarily straightforward for customers to know what goes into merchandise. The burden shouldn’t be solely on the buyer to know if one thing is dangerous or not. The burden can be (and particularly) on cannabis product makers.

The tobacco trade has been infamous for promoting merchandise that they knew had been dangerous. We’re studying the identical proper now in regards to the opioid trade. The cannabis trade must be higher and extra accountable than these two industries. If not, the trade has clearly failed, no matter how a lot cash is in the end made.

We are going to all have to attend and see what policymakers and regulators do concerning vaping merchandise. However within the meantime, the cannabis trade must be proactive and try to be good stewards of the cannabis plant and motion.