U.S. health officials focus on the fight against cannabis vapes and the organizations that produce THC containing cartridges. The challenge is significant as the vaping market is largely unregulated and a recent health scare was triggered by black market THC vaping liquid.
Stay informed with the latest CBD news with #1 Cannabis application Hemp.im. Don’t waste time scouring the internet when you can get fresh information from top cannabis news sources.
Illegal vaping producers
From New York to Nebraska and California, authorities confiscated at least 510,000 cartridges of cannabis vapes and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years, according to an Associated Press estimate based on interviews, documents, newspaper reports, and press releases.
A Wisconsin woman, her two adult children, and five others were recently accused of producing thousands of daily cartridges containing THC. In neighboring Minnesota, authorities said that they found 77,000 cannabis cartridges in the house and car of a suburban resident in September.
In Alabama, prosecutors are dealing with a growing number of cannabis vaping cases in juvenile courts. In New York, authorities confiscated some 200,000 illegal cartridges in recent months, often while investigating groups suspected of trafficking other traditional forms of cannabis and other drugs.
The police are trying to combat criminal organizations
“We are devoting more resources to combat these organizations,” said Ray Donovan, special agent in charge of the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “The market is moving in that direction. These criminal organizations embrace any business model and try to take advantage,” he added.
THC has been associated with lung problems that are causing numerous deaths and the search for cartridges containing THC adds a new dimension to the battle against the crisis of opioids and other drugs.
Authorities are adapting to the search for a form of cannabis that comes in small packages, does not smell and can be confused with legal nicotine products. They also have to decide what is admissible and what is not in the states where cannabis is legal.
Vaping’s growing popularity
Vapes have become more popular in the last two years among cannabis users, who see it as a more discreet and quicker alternative to cannabis cigarettes. At least 33 states have approved the use of cannabis for medical purposes, but in all states THC containing cartridges are available, for a price between $20 and $50.
The illegal cannabis vaping market is estimated to generate up to $2.5 billion a day, almost the same amount as the market for legal cannabis cartridges, according to BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, organizations that monitor the cannabis market.
The outbreak of lung problems caused a stir after 47 people died in the last nine months, in addition to another 2,200 who fell ill. U.S. authorities urged the population to avoid vaping, especially with black market products containing THC, a substance consumed by many people who suffer from health disorders.
For those who promote the cannabis legalization, the emphasis on black market cannabis cartridges is an argument for national drug legalization and regulation in the name of security.
Reducing vaping use
“The solution for reducing the risks associated with THC vaping products is to legalize and regulate the market, not to increase punishments and arrests,” said NORML executive director Erik Altieri.
As the mother of two teenagers, Ashley Rich had known for several years that nicotine liquids with flavors would prove popular among young people (U.S. health authorities consider it an epidemic). “As a prosecutor, I feared that vaping with illicit drugs would soon become fashionable. “That’s exactly what we’re seeing,” said Rich, attorney general of Mobile County in Alabama, where cannabis remains illegal in all its forms.
Police and prosecutors have to decide how to apply laws intended for the cannabis plant when dealing with vaping related issues.
DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of Born2Invest, its management, staff or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.
This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.
First published in televisa.NEWS, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.
Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. Born2Invest assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. Born2Invest is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.
Which of these lesser-known EV stocks will be the next Tesla?
The competition on the EV market is getting tighter, as several lesser known manufacturers are raising the interest of investors....
Gigantic cannabis plantation officially opened in Northern Macedonia
In addition to the cannabis plantation, PHCANN - which is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange - has...
Is the Ethereum 2.0 deadline bullish for the ETH course?
With the launch of Ethereum 2.0, a new era could begin for the young Decentralized Finance (DeFi) industry. The change...
Exit for an SME financed with equity crowdfunding: Cesynt shares on Euronext
Founded in 2010, Cesynt had already conducted a first equity crowdfunding campaign on Opstart in June 2018, collecting $297,000 (€250,000),...
The business environment in Morocco: the EESC calls for more effort
In its annual report, published in the Official Gazette on November 17th, 2020, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council in...
Cannabis7 days ago
CBOS survey: over 60% of Poles are for cannabis legalization
Biotech7 days ago
Ability Pharma closes €2 million round to advance antitumor development
Featured7 days ago
Moneyfarm launches smart bank transfer to invest directly from the current accounts of multiple banks
Featured7 days ago
How to generate performance through responsible investments