Marijuana vape pens are safe from bans on flavored e-cigarettes recently announced by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and subsequently President Donald Trump — but they are facing their own set of issues.
Whitmer and Trump are trying to address a growing health epidemic of young people vaping by banning the sales of flavored nicotine e-cigarette products.
But another health emergency is emerging — and it involves marijuana vape products.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating 380 cases of lung illness reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory linked to vaping. Six deaths have also been reported. Most of those patients reported using a THC vape, though many of them have used both THC and nicotine vapes, according to the CDC.
In Michigan, six cases of respiratory illness related to vaping are under investigation by the state health department. Some of those cases involve individuals that have used THC vaping products, according to Bob Wheaton, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The Michigan Poison Center at Wayne State University has received reports of 11 people experiencing negative effects from marijuana vapes so far this year, according to data provided by medical director Dr. Cynthia Aaron. Six of those cases were in patients under the age of 18.
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has not issued any warnings or recalls in association with state or national investigations into respiratory illness from marijuana vape products.
“Consumer safety is always of primary concern to the MRA,” the Marijuana Regulatory Agency said in a statement. “We are monitoring the issue and communicating with public health officials as they investigate the concerns.”
The CDC has not yet identified the cause of the illnesses.
“Our laboratory is working closely with our federal and state partners to identify the products or substances that may be causing the illnesses and have received more than 120 samples from the states so far. The FDA is analyzing these for a broad range of chemicals but no one substance, including Vitamin E acetate, has been identified in all of the samples tested,” said Acting FDA…