Vape warnings starting to affect sales of tested marijuana products – Detroit Free Press


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More warnings against using any type of vape product were issued by the state Friday, and for some medical marijuana dispensary owners, that’s translating into a decline in sales of the marijuana vape products.

“We’ve definitely seen a big decline,” said Rush Hasan, one of the operators of The Reef dispensary in Detroit. “But we’re trying to educate our consumers.”

The vape products being sold at state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries have gone through two phases of testing, after the marijuana concentrate is made and again after the product is put in the vape cartridge.

Many of the vape products involved in the nearly 1,300 cases of lung illnesses reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been black market THC products.

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“This THC is being mixed with fillers and it’s coming from somebody’s basement,” Hasan said. “So we’re taking on the role of educating our clients.”

As of Oct. 8, the CDC has reported 1,299 cases, including 26 deaths, in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The CDC findings suggest products containing THC have played a role in the outbreak.

Since August 2019, 35 confirmed or probable vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in Michigan, including one death. And the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has not seen a decrease in the number of cases

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