Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Tests run on cannabis vaporizer cartridges recently obtained by Leafly at illegal California stores show shocking levels of pesticide contamination and toxic vitamin E oil.

By law, those shops shouldn’t even exist, let alone sell tainted THC vape oil to an unsuspecting public. Under Proposition 64, which took effect Jan. 1, 2018, all medical and adult-use cannabis retailers must have a state-issued license. For example, A Dank Vapes Sour Apple cartridge tested at 5,475 times the legal limit for chlorfenapyr, a mosquito pesticide.

Despite those regulations, thousands of unlicensed cannabis shops still operate throughout the state. Because they’re not following the rules, the products they sell are not subject to stringent potency and purity testing requirements.

Illicit vendors remain especially abundant in Los Angeles. More than 22 months into legalization, officials have shut down only a small portion of LA’s many unlawful cannabis shops.

Meanwhile, an unprecedented, national mass poisoning event has sickened nearly 1,400 and killed at least 33 from vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI). And evidence amassed by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources have identified street THC cartridges as the key vector in the nationwide VAPI outbreak.

In Los Angeles, Leafly found no shortage of untested and potentially counterfeit cannabis vape supplies for sale in unlicensed cannabis stores operating openly. Leafly obtained 10 disposable cartridges and had their contents tested by a licensed lab.

Result: Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores. Some oils had pesticide levels more than 5,000 times the legal limit. Others contained nearly 35 percent tocopheryl-acetate, the vitamin E oil additive that, when heated and inhaled, prevents the lungs from absorbing oxygen. Tocopheryl-acetate is one of the leading suspects in the national VAPI crisis.

At last count, 110 of the nation’s sickened VAPI patients reside in California. Three have died. Leafly has confirmed that the first brand associated with a California patient who died from VAPI is called “West Coast Cure.” The brand is still widely available in-state from unlicensed delivery services.

California remains the #1 domestic source for cannabis in the US. Since the 1980s, the Golden State has led the nation in production and export of raw cannabis. Nowadays, police say the west coast continues to also lead the nation as a source state for illicit vape pen components: THC oil, electronics hardware, and chemical additives.

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Careful points of note for people using vapes.

AVOID USING TAINED VAPES FOUND IN ILLEGAL STORES

Licensed dispensaries are outnumbered by ILLEGAL establishments so be very careful who you purchase from.

Illegal products sell for about half the price of the real thing. A full gram cartridge should cost between $70 and $80. Prices well below are likely tainted vapes found in illegal stores.

Tocopheryl-acetate (the dangerous vitamin e-oil linked to the VAPI patient deaths) were found in cuts of 35% in tainted vapes found in illegal stores. When smoked and inhaled, the otherwise benign food supplement and cosmetics ingredient blocks the lungs’ ability to absorb oxygen, triggering chemical pneumonitis, hypoxia, and, if untreated, death.

Tainted vapes found in illegal stores had 5,475 times over the legal limit for mosquito pesticide which go straight into a users’ lungs when vaped and can also cause lung injury.

Article information provided by. Check out the full article on leafly.com.

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

As reports began to appear of a potential linkage between lung injuries and use of nicotine and/or cannabis vaping products, NCIA’s Policy Council established a Safe Vaping
Task Force to provide a consistent response on behalf of the concerned members of the regulated cannabis industry. The Task Force’s mission was to communicate clearly in response to press reports and governmental actions and articulate the state-legal cannabis industry’s fulsome efforts to act with integrity as responsible actors.

The Task Force’s efforts transitioned to a new phase in late November 2019 when health experts confirmed that the proximate cause of many of the injuries and deaths were attributable to vitamin E acetate used as a thinning agent in illicit market products.

Today, it appears that public health experts have concluded that additives from the illicit market appear to be the primary cause of the lung injury crisis.  While that work continues, we attempt to clear up some of the myths that exist about vaping cannabis oil and offer explanations for other potential dangers and strategies for minimizing risk.

Ultimately, one thing is clear: we must stop the flow of unregulated and untested products to consumers from the illicit market. That is the best solution to the vaping crisis, which is not likely to dissipate unless we take swift action to put illegal and unscrupulous operators out of business. That effort will take a collaborative approach, with law enforcement, state-legal cannabis businesses, state cannabis taxing and licensing agencies, providers of anti-counterfeiting technology and others working in concert.  READ MORE

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Tests run on cannabis vaporizer cartridges recently obtained by Leafly at illegal California stores show shocking levels of pesticide contamination and toxic vitamin E oil.

By law, those shops shouldn’t even exist, let alone sell tainted THC vape oil to an unsuspecting public. Under Proposition 64, which took effect Jan. 1, 2018, all medical and adult-use cannabis retailers must have a state-issued license. For example, A Dank Vapes Sour Apple cartridge tested at 5,475 times the legal limit for chlorfenapyr, a mosquito pesticide.

Despite those regulations, thousands of unlicensed cannabis shops still operate throughout the state. Because they’re not following the rules, the products they sell are not subject to stringent potency and purity testing requirements.

Illicit vendors remain especially abundant in Los Angeles. More than 22 months into legalization, officials have shut down only a small portion of LA’s many unlawful cannabis shops.

Meanwhile, an unprecedented, national mass poisoning event has sickened nearly 1,400 and killed at least 33 from vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI). And evidence amassed by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other sources have identified street THC cartridges as the key vector in the nationwide VAPI outbreak.

In Los Angeles, Leafly found no shortage of untested and potentially counterfeit cannabis vape supplies for sale in unlicensed cannabis stores operating openly. Leafly obtained 10 disposable cartridges and had their contents tested by a licensed lab.

Result: Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores. Some oils had pesticide levels more than 5,000 times the legal limit. Others contained nearly 35 percent tocopheryl-acetate, the vitamin E oil additive that, when heated and inhaled, prevents the lungs from absorbing oxygen. Tocopheryl-acetate is one of the leading suspects in the national VAPI crisis.

At last count, 110 of the nation’s sickened VAPI patients reside in California. Three have died. Leafly has confirmed that the first brand associated with a California patient who died from VAPI is called “West Coast Cure.” The brand is still widely available in-state from unlicensed delivery services.

California remains the #1 domestic source for cannabis in the US. Since the 1980s, the Golden State has led the nation in production and export of raw cannabis. Nowadays, police say the west coast continues to also lead the nation as a source state for illicit vape pen components: THC oil, electronics hardware, and chemical additives.

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Careful points of note for people using vapes.

AVOID USING TAINED VAPES FOUND IN ILLEGAL STORES

Licensed dispensaries are outnumbered by ILLEGAL establishments so be very careful who you purchase from.

Illegal products sell for about half the price of the real thing. A full gram cartridge should cost between $70 and $80. Prices well below are likely tainted vapes found in illegal stores.

Tocopheryl-acetate (the dangerous vitamin e-oil linked to the VAPI patient deaths) were found in cuts of 35% in tainted vapes found in illegal stores. When smoked and inhaled, the otherwise benign food supplement and cosmetics ingredient blocks the lungs’ ability to absorb oxygen, triggering chemical pneumonitis, hypoxia, and, if untreated, death.

Tainted vapes found in illegal stores had 5,475 times over the legal limit for mosquito pesticide which go straight into a users’ lungs when vaped and can also cause lung injury.

Article information provided by. Check out the full article on leafly.com.

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

Tainted Vapes Found in Illegal Stores

As reports began to appear of a potential linkage between lung injuries and use of nicotine and/or cannabis vaping products, NCIA’s Policy Council established a Safe Vaping
Task Force to provide a consistent response on behalf of the concerned members of the regulated cannabis industry. The Task Force’s mission was to communicate clearly in response to press reports and governmental actions and articulate the state-legal cannabis industry’s fulsome efforts to act with integrity as responsible actors.

The Task Force’s efforts transitioned to a new phase in late November 2019 when health experts confirmed that the proximate cause of many of the injuries and deaths were attributable to vitamin E acetate used as a thinning agent in illicit market products.

Today, it appears that public health experts have concluded that additives from the illicit market appear to be the primary cause of the lung injury crisis.  While that work continues, we attempt to clear up some of the myths that exist about vaping cannabis oil and offer explanations for other potential dangers and strategies for minimizing risk.

Ultimately, one thing is clear: we must stop the flow of unregulated and untested products to consumers from the illicit market. That is the best solution to the vaping crisis, which is not likely to dissipate unless we take swift action to put illegal and unscrupulous operators out of business. That effort will take a collaborative approach, with law enforcement, state-legal cannabis businesses, state cannabis taxing and licensing agencies, providers of anti-counterfeiting technology and others working in concert.  READ MORE

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