Last November, the State of Massachusetts placed over 600,000 vaping products manufactured before Dec. 12, 2019 under quarantine. MCCC Executive Director Shawn Collins said since that the product quarantine has “dedicated significant energy and resources to investigating the additives, hardware, and storage practices that licensees use to produce and sell cannabis vaporizer products.”
The tests did not find detectable levels of vitamin E acetate but “did establish that heavy metal contamination may increase in vaping products over time.”
Collins pointed out that the tests did not find detectable levels of vitamin E acetate but “did establish that heavy metal contamination may increase in vaping products over time.” He added that a balance between the release of products deemed safe for consumption and those to be banned, is being sought.
“This new order seeks to strike a balance between those products that can be retested or remediated safely for sale or repurposing with proper warning to patients and consumers, and those that cannot. As the nation continues to learn more about the broader health implications of vaping in all forms, I urge patients and consumers to understand the risks when they choose to consume any cannabis vaporizer product,” he said in a statement.
In December, H4183 was approved by a vote of 127 to 31, setting in place a harsh 75% tax and a flavour ban. The bill also allowed the police to seize vehicles in which they find untaxed vaping products. A police officer who “discovers an untaxed electronic nicotine delivery system in the possession of a person who is not a licensed or commissioner-authorized electronic nicotine delivery system distributor may seize both the product and the ‘receptacle’ in which it is found, “including, but not limited to, a motor vehicle, boat or airplane in which the electronic nicotine delivery systems are contained or transported.”
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