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Hillsborough County approves regulations on selling, using vaping products Vaping, tampa, Florida

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners has determined that the prohibition on the sale, possession, and use of vapor‐generating electronic devices and vapor products should be extended to include young adults under the age of 21.

SANDAG Report Finds an Increase in THC Vaping Among Local Arrestees Vaping, Arrest, San Diego, california

The new SANDAG report, Marijuana Use Among San Diego Arrestees: Two Years of Data Post–Proposition 64 found that in 2018, 71% of adults and 53% of juveniles felt the potency of marijuana had increased since they started using, up from 63% and 39% respectively in 2017.

Safe Banking Act Vaping

The SAFE Banking Act (H.R. 1595/S. 1200) contains no public health guardrails to deal with the pot vaping crisis or incredibly potent flavored marijuana vapes that have been warned about by the Surgeon General. • The SAFE Banking Act would allow billions in investment into the same illegal marijuana companies that are creating marijuana vapes like those that are causing this crisis.

Kids Health- Vaping flavored pods video, Vaping

Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping* - Florida Vaping, Florida, Death

Link continues to update with information.  Latest from the Florida Department of Health on the Vape Lung Illness Crisis. The number of vape lung illnesses increased from 27 to 39. When will Governor DeSantis announce his plan to fight against this crisis? According to the CDC, most cases are linked to vaped marijuana (THC). What is the FL medical marijuana industry doing to protect patients? 

California vape maker Kushy Punch caught making illegal products Vaping

There they found an illegal cannabis product manufacturing operation apparently operated by Kushy Punch, a legal state-licensed company. Authorities seized a number of finished products, including gummies in Kushy Punch packaging and disposable vaporizers in Kushy Vape packaging.

Pot Vaping Crisis- SAM Vaping, SAM

Talking Points:
• 77% of the cases of illness and at least 2 deaths have been connected to THC oils.
• At a time when we are investigating the causes of this rash of deaths and illnesses connected to marijuana oils and vapes, all marijuana legalization efforts and THC vaping oil sales should pause.
• This is not a black-market issue, it is the result of allowing Big Marijuana - an addictionfor-profit drug industry backed by Big Tobacco and companies like Juul - to mass produce these oils and vapes, along with candies, gummies, and other dangerously potent forms of the drug.
• Big Tobacco, E-Cigarette and Vaping Companies and the Marijuana industry share many of the same investors. The industries are connected by billions in investments.

Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says Vaping

The lung damage in some people who have become ill after vaping nicotine or marijuana products resembles a chemical burn, doctors from the Mayo Clinic reported on Wednesday.

Florida Department of Health reports first death from vaping-related illness Vaping, Florida

According to the department's statistics , there's been 27 reported cases of lung injury connected to vaping in Florida in 2019 and one death.

Why Giving Pot Pushers Access to Our Banks Is Dangerous stimson, blog, banking, Vaping, HR 1595, SB 1200, talking points

The House of Representatives is about to consider a bill called The Safe Banking Act, which, like many titles of federal laws, is completely misleading. 

It should be called the “Let’s Pretend Marijuana Is Safe and Give Pot Pushers, Cartels, and Terrorist Organizations Access to Our Banking System” Act. 

Don’t hold your breath for a title change. Regardless of the title, the idea behind the act ignores reality and, if passed, will lead to disastrous results.

This bill is all about protecting people and businesses who openly commit federal crimes by selling marijuana, and rewarding them by giving them access to the most important banking system in the world to further give them the patina of legitimacy.

And at the same time the House is considering this bill, the data on the impact of the legalization experiment across the country is proving just what a dangerous and bad idea legalization has become.

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report on the impact of legalization in Colorado is devastating for those pushing pot. The report found:

·          Traffic deaths where drivers tested positive for marijuana increased 109%

·         Traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled between 2013 and 2018

·         The percentage of all Colorado traffic deaths that were marijuana related increased 15% in 2013 to 23% in 2018

·         Marijuana use in the past month for children ages 12 and up increased 58%, and is 78% higher than the national average

·         Adult marijuana use increased 94%, and is 96% higher than the national average

·         The yearly number of emergency room visits related to marijuana increased 54% after legalization

·         Marijuana-related hospitalizations increased 101% after legalization

·         Suicides where toxicology results were positive for marijuana increased from 14% in 2013 to 23% in 2017

The report also shows that the tax revenue from state-authorized marijuana sales, far from being a game-changer like pot pushers said it would be, amounted to around nine-tenths of 1% (000.9%) of Colorado’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Previous reports are just as bad. 

Pot Is a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance for Good Reason

Passed in 1970, the Controlled Substances Act places marijuana in Schedule I, a category reserved for drugs that are medically unhelpful and dangerous. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment, and a lack of accepted safety for use even under medical supervision.

The fact that the act was controversial when it was adopted, and the debate over the proper treatment of cannabis has not quieted down since then, does not negate the fact that as of today, marijuana is on Schedule I.

As Heritage Foundation scholars have written elsewhere, Congress would be irresponsible to move marijuana out of Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act without hearing from the nation’s finest scientific minds. 

States have passed so-called medical marijuana laws under the theory that pot has medicinal benefits that can’t be produced by other legal means. In making those claims, pot pushers want us to ignore the fact that today’s marijuana is one of the most genetically modified substances on the earth, has over 500 known carcinogens, has THC levels that dwarf the 1% or 2% levels from the 1970s (levels are now at 20-90% THC), and that there is zero quality, content, or dosage control in their products. 

They are also counting on you not knowing that there are already three FDA-approved THC drugs, and at least five more on the way.   

The dirty little secret they hide from you is that you don’t have to smoke marijuana, eat it in a brownie, or chew it in a marijuana-laced gummy bear to reap the medicinal benefits of THC. A doctor can write you a prescription for those drugs. They can’t write one for marijuana, because it is not a medicine

The three FDA-approved drugs are Marinol, Cesamet, and Syndros. Drugs like Syndros show great promise for countering today’s dangerous “medical marijuana” movement. The companies that sell those FDA-approved drugs do, and should have access to the federal banking system. But those who peddle pot, with sky-high genetically manipulated THC levels that have no medical benefit, shouldn’t.

Legalizing Marijuana Is Not a State’s Rights Issue

Some on the right who support the states in their push to legalize marijuana assert that doing so is a state’s rights issue.  They’re wrong. 

As a Heritage scholar has written in a law review in 2018, we do not allow states to decide whether to prohibit other controlled substances, such as heroin, and there is no good reason to put marijuana in a separate category.

Since the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act became law, the nation has authorized the FDA to decide which drugs to approve for therapeutic use.  We do not make those decisions the subject of a referendum because the decision requires expert scientific judgment of professionals in medicine and biochemistry, not the moral judgment of the populace.

But what has happened is that states have taken the law into their own hands.  Beginning in 1996, numerous states have enacted so-called “medical marijuana” regulatory schemes 

Starting in 2012, a smaller number of states have decided to go big or go home by adopting laws, either by statute or popular referendum, that legalize the distribution and use of marijuana for purely recreational use. 

In truth, that was the purpose of the medical marijuana laws all along. They (and their supporters) just weren’t open  about it. 

Take the original California law, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. It authorized physicians to recommend that marijuana be used for terrible maladies such as terminal cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis), as well as far lesser maladies such as “any other illness for which marijuana provides relief,” which means a headache, or some other phantom ailment—perhaps having a blue day. 

Say what you want about the state provisions legalizing recreational marijuana use, they didn’t disguise their intent.  At least they were honest about it. 

Why Giving Pot Pushers Access to Banks Is Dangerous

Speaking of deception, let’s turn back to the Safe Banking Act. 

The act would ostensibly allow businesses selling marijuana in compliance with state law to take advantage of the federal banking system.

Right now, they cannot, because, by opening up accounts, the businesses and the banks would violate the federal statutes outlawing the distribution of controlled substances as well as the federal anti-money laundering statutes. 

And since federal law currently prohibits pot pushers from accessing the banking system, these businesses are primarily all-cash businesses. Many use armed security guards to safeguard their drug money because they are often located in seedy parts of town where they get burglarized. 

So pot vendors want to be able to deposit their cash and let purchasers use credit cards. They want to use our banking system, just like Nike, Starbucks, or Walmart does. Of course the difference is, the latter three companies sell legal products; pot pushers don’t.

Pot pushers have been seeking legitimacy for years, but have had setbacks despite the legalization of marijuana for various kinds of use in some states. Pot pushers tried to get doctors to write “prescriptions” for marijuana, even though dope isn’t a medicine or a substance regulated under the FDA. But that didn’t work. Doctors can now only “recommend” marijuana.

Substitute the word heroin, meth, or LSD with marijuana, and ask yourself this: Do you support allowing distributors of those drugs to have access to our banking system? If not, why not? They, too, are Schedule I controlled substances.

The fact is that marijuana, from a scientific standpoint, has a high potential for abuse, is not accepted as a medical treatment, and is not safe. It is a gateway drug, despite what people want you to believe. 

Ask any prosecutor, public defender, defense attorney, or judge who has worked in drug court. They’ll tell you that the folks with cocaine, heroin, meth, and opioid addictions often got their “start” with marijuana. 

Plus, illegal drugs, including marijuana, fund transnational cartels, gangs, and terrorist organizations. 

The arguments the pot pushers have made for years about the wonderful beneficial effects of legalization have all proven wrong. All of them.

They claim that marijuana is a medicine. It’s not.

They claim that tax revenues from legalization will skyrocket and eliminate the black market. In reality, tax revenues from pot have fallen well below expectations and the black market has thrived, because black market vendors can sell their product well under the taxed store price.

They claimed legalizing marijuana would shift resources to treatment and away from punishing people for simple possession, when in fact virtually no one prosecuted for simple possession ever gets jail. 

Marijuana is not like alcohol. Legalizing it has resulted in increased usage by minors, additional drug trafficking syndicates, and an increase in crime, including drugged driving and worse.

The experiment of legalizing marijuana in the states has proved a failure. All available data points to the fact that it has harmed minors and adults alike. The only people who don’t seem to care are politicians, from both parties, who seem willing to selectively ignore the science (notice the hue and cry about vaping) all because they like the money that pot brings into government coffers.

People should care about this because giving pot pushers access to our secure banking system grants further legitimacy to an illegal enterprise. If pot pushers are given access, cartels, gangs, and terrorist organizations will certainly find a way to wash their dirty money through legitimate-looking shell companies under the guise of a state-regulated pot company—and Congress will be complicit. 

JUULING: Get the Facts Vaping, Juul, Healthy Children
  • JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled. 

  • All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.2

  • News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.

  • Although JUUL is currently the top-selling e-cigarette brand in the United States, other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL.

  • Additional information about USB-shaped e-cigarettes and actions that parents, educators, and health care  

  • CDC’s Infographic

Hacking the Juul- opening the pods to reload marijuana.  very potent. 

 

Healthy Kids Link- Spanish version

 

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The Pass Out Pen Vaping

Vaping Pens... Honeycomb   - the "Pass Out Pen" 

  • The Ripper- The Ripper 2.0 is new, improved and the only Sub -ohm conceal (concealer) vaporizer for oils and wax ( as it is a 2 in 1 unit). High capacity, high powered vaporizer make it the most powerful pocket vape for oils and wax and also disguised as a light makes it ultra discrete. 
  • The Elf- "Small, compact, stylish and most importantly it is Auto-Draw button less design of this high quality aerospace feel ELF concealer. Available in 5 classy colors this small unit has effortless draws amounting in big rips and large vapor. Easy to use simply inhale. It is the only unit that is button less that can fit wide 510 thread cartridges with its magnetic adapter, and be a pull thru unit and still work with Ceramic heater cartridges that usually require more power to vape them.
  • '510' thread- five 10 thread-510 threaded is a term used to describe the threading that connects vape cartridges and batteries – there are 10 screw threads, and the cartridge is generally five millimeters in length (510). "510 Thread" has been used to describe all sorts of vape pen parts, whether they are threaded or not. It's a non technical term created by an original e-cig factory (Joyetech) to describe the battery to tank connection they were using. While it was considered proprietary at the time, this (and most other e-cig innovations) are passed around freely between manufacturers. Most pens today are all based on this 510 thread.
Symptoms of Lung Injury Reported by Some Patients in This Outbreak Vaping
  • Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
    • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain
  • Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.
Servicemembers are warned to lay off vaping amid reports of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes Vaping, Veterans, Stars and Stripes

Servicemembers are being told to avoid vaping after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the habit may be linked to hundreds of cases of severe lung disease, and at least six deaths, in dozens of states.

Vaping Crisis- SAM Vaping, SAM
  • 7 people have died from severe respiratory complications associated with vaping. At least 380 cases have been reported across the United States.
  • Early reports link marijuana vapes to 84 percent of the lung illnesses being reported in the wake of the vaping epidemic.
  • 84% of the cases of illness and at least 2 of the 7 deaths have been connected to THC oils.
FDA Sample Collection Criteria and Information for Vaping Related Incidents Vaping, FDA, FCC

The FCC (Forensic Chemistry Center) is currently prioritizing samples that are most likely to enhance our understanding of this outbreak, i.e., vaping samples that are associated with cases of patient lung injury. If you have identified product samples with direct-association to case-illnesses in your state as part of your ongoing investigations, please reach out your local FDA District Emergency Response Coordinator or write to FDAVapingSampleInquiries@fda.hhs.gov for follow-up, collection, and shipment of samples to FCC through the utilization of FDA field staff.

Teens who use concentrated marijuana more likely to use other drugs consentrates, Teens, adolescent, Vaping

In the study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers surveyed almost 50,000 adolescents in Arizona. The researchers found that among teens who used any form of cannabis, 72 percent had experience with the more potent products.

Overall, the researchers found that 33 percent of the teens had tried some form of pot and 24 percent said they had used concentrated forms. The likelihood of a student using cannabis rose with age: 20 percent of the eighth graders said they’d used the drug, compared to 35 percent of the 10th graders and 46 percent of the 12th graders.

 

Similarly, 15 percent of the eighth graders, 25 percent of the 10th graders and 33 percent of 12th graders said they had used cannabis concentrates. Concentrate users had the highest rates of having tried other drugs.

 

Vaping is ruining student athletes: ’It’s heartbreaking,’ Massachusetts parents, school officials say Vaping, paraphernalia, high school

Then he started asking them, “do youJUUL?" and their answers changed.

 

“I wasn’t even asking the right questions, and I think a lot of clinicians still don’t ask the right questions,” Winickoff said. “Once I found out that kids were using, many of them thought that what they were using was not a big deal, that maybe they could stop any time they wanted. Some of them thought that vaping was just water vapor plus some flavor.”

Paulding County teen undergoes CPR after vaping at school Vaping, Georgia, adolescent

A Paulding County student collapsed and nearly died after taking a hit off a vape pen. The dramatic scene unfolded in front of a class when the South Paulding High School student collapsed and stopped breathing.
 
*** This is exactly why we need to raise the age for purchasing these products to 21... give our youth a chance.

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul Vaping, Juul, trends, paraphernalia

Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image.

“Juul is already a massive public-health disaster—and without dramatic action it’s going to get much, much, much worse.”

Winickoff believes that the vape industry is co-opting the national wellness trend—“when, in fact, vaping can cause something called bronchiolitis obliterans, or popcorn lung,” he said. Popcorn lung has been linked to diacetyl, an organic compound that some companies use in their e-liquid, and that has been detected as a by-product of e-cigarette vapor. But diacetyl has also been detected in cigarette smoke, at a level hundreds of times greater, and no feasible amount of smoking has been found to cause popcorn lung. (Juul does not use diacetyl in its liquid, and, in tests, the company has found no measurable amounts of diacetyl in the vapor emitted by its devices.)

 

E-Cigarettes: A Review of New Trends in Cannabis Use cannabis, Vaping, electronic cigarette, adolescence, youth, e-cig

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic investigations are also required. Finally, the health consequences of passive vaping should be also considered.  
In conclusion, the new social phenomenon of vaping may slide from nicotine towards other psychoactive drugs (e.g., THC); it therefore deserves the urgent scientific investigation and strict risk assessments which are especially important when young people are concerned. In particular, the presence of toxic substances in the cannabis aerosols generated by e-cigs—from multiple models, brands, BHO and e-liquid manufacturers—need to be investigated.
A synthesis of the practical recipes and experiments reported on the Internet (in addition to our own experiments) shows that the simple, direct use of purified cannabis extracts in e-cigs is not easy because cannabinoids are poorly soluble in e-liquids. Indeed, used pure or in mixture with glycerol, the propylene glycol (PG, or propane-1,2-diol) that is commonly used in e-liquids has both hygroscopic and hydrophilic properties. Consequently, it is not miscible with mineral and vegetable oils and fats. In contrast, cannabinoid concentrates are very lipid soluble, but water insoluble. Furthermore, PG, glycerol, terpenoids, plant fats and waxes, cannabinoid concentrates and THC are very viscous substances. Accordingly, the manufacture of a homogeneous solution using these viscous liquids is a tedious task. Cannabinoid concentrates resemble more a thick, sticky, gummy resin than a liquid. We can infer from these facts that they do not mix readily with glycols, and even less so with glycerol. The addition of terpenoids (e.g., limonene) or lecithin has been advocated to help make cannabis oils miscible...

High School Students’ Use of Electronic Cigarettes to Vaporize Cannabis Vaping, youth

Rates of vaporizing cannabis using e-cigarettes were high. These findings raise concerns about the lack of e-cigarette regulations and the potential use of e-cigarettes for purposes other than vaping nicotine.

Teens find a new use for e-cigarettes: Vaping marijuana Vaping, youth

About 27% of high school students who have used both marijuana and e-cigarettes reported using the devices to vaporize cannabis. Those most likely to vaporize pot with e-cigarettes included males and younger students.

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