Michigan Bans Sale Of All Marijuana Vaping Products

WWJ News
November 23, 2019 - 12:00 pm

LANSING (WWJ) - Michigan has banned the sale of any marijuana vaping products currently on store shelves until they can be further tested for the presence of vitamin E acetate.

The state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced the new rules on Friday, banning the use of vitamin E acetate in marijuana concentrates used for vaping.

The agency says the ban is necessary to address the public health crisis of vaping use-associated lung injury to ensure the health, safety and welfare of adult-use and medical marijuana consumers.

The Centers for Disease Control believes vitamin E acetate may have caused 47 deaths and over 2,200 illnesses nationwide. Those numbers include one death and 55 cases of lung illness in Michigan, with one patient requiring a double lung transplant. Officials say the patients are likely to suffer permanent effects from the illness.

The ban remains in effect for at least six months. 

Vitamin E acetate has recently been used as a thickener in vaping fluid, particularly in black market vape cartridges. While vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, inhaling oily droplets can be harmful.

Many of those who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, with many saying they got them from friends or bought them on the black market.

Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in.

Anyone who uses e-cigarettes or vape who experience any of these symptoms are urged to seek medical attention right away.

Michigan law bans the use of vaping products in those 18-years and younger. Earlier this year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a ban on the sale of flavored vape products as the state declared a public health emergency.