More than 200 patients nationwide are being treated for a life-threatening respiratory condition apparently related to vaping. It's marked by severe shortness of breath typically after a few days of nausea, fever and fatigue. Some patients have had to go on ventilators.
Patients tend to be in their late teens or early twenties and otherwise healthy. Their reluctance to discuss their behavior is making it harder for doctors to determine a cause of the illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told vapers to avoid bootleg products and to stop modifying vapes.
From the New York Times:
To become inhalable, nicotine or THC must be mixed with solvents that dissolve and deliver the drugs. The solvents, or oils, heat up during aerosolization to become vapor. But some oil droplets may be left over as the liquid cools back down, and inhaling those drops may cause breathing problems and lung inflammation.
“Inhaling oil into your lungs is extremely dangerous behavior that could result in death,” said Thomas Eissenberg, who studies vaping at Virginia Commonwealth University...
Many vaping ingredients are not listed on the products. Vitamin E oil appears to have been a common substance associated with the severe and sudden respiratory problems in some of the New York cases, according to state health officials. It is not known how it was used. Vitamin E is sometimes advertised as a supplement in cannabidiol oil, which is not designed for vaping but has been used that way.
This week, Donnell and Alex talk to Andrea Drummer, the chef behind Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, during a live recording at Weed Week Recharge, about how she went from a anti-drug counselor to a creative chef in the cannabis industry. They also discuss the biggest story in cannabis today: the vaping crisis -- beyond the headlines and the hype.
After several years of stalling, the DEA said it would start processing dozens of pending applications for permission to grow MED, though it remains unclear when the growing licenses will be issued.
Meanwhile Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said no amount of cannabis is safe for teens, young adults and pregnant women.
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A two-part series in MJBiz highlights the industry’s wariness about big agriculture companies like Monsanto. The piece begins with the saga of Oregon start-up Phylos Bioscience, which solicited genetics from growers and has been criticized for how it plans to use them.
Plus: The WSJ explains how the $63B Monsanto-Bayer merger became one of the most troubled megamergers of recent years. Among other issues, the company owes $190M after losing lawsuits about whether Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer. Now an additional 184,000 plaintiffs have sued the company.
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After five years, Washington state’s second in the nation REC market is contemplating a regulatory overhaul. In an interview with the Associated Press, Liquor and Cannabis Board Director Rick Garza said “Cannabis 2.0” would allow delivery, and provide more support to small businesses and create an equity program.
In other states:
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California brands are struggling to compete against counterfeit products which undercut sales and their reputation, the L.A. Times reports.
In an interview with Barron’s, GMP Securities analyst Rob Fagan says he’s more bullish on U.S. pot stocks than their Canadian counterparts.
A Rhode Island judge has at least temporarily blocked multi-state operator (MSO) Acreage Holdings from buying a dispensary in the state. The decision follows a demand for arbitration filed against the MSO by New England operator CanWell.
CanWell alleges Acreage broke a non-compete contract provision CanWell made with a Maine company now mostly owned by Acreage. The suit alleges the blocked acquisition would give Acreage a stake in more than one Rhode Island MED dispensary, which is prohibited by state law.
The case is “one of several legal moves or probes in different states which allege, in short, that either Acreage or one of its (near-)subsidiaries have failed to honor rules or pre-existing agreements,” Janet Burns writes in Forbes.
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The Economist says there's a "global revolution" in how countries view cannabis:
"Attitudes towards the drug are softening around the world. But many important countries, most notably Russia and China, remain implacably opposed to reform. The lack of a global consensus prevents the rewriting of the drug treaties...It is only a matter of time before international drug treaties will come to be seen as fundamentally broken."
Even those up-tight Dutch are reconsidering their cannabis laws. Starting in 2021, coffeeshops in 10 cities will be supplied with cannabis legally, rather than forced to scrounge on the grey market.
Despite legalization, illegal pot farms continue to scar public lands in California.
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