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FDA sends warning letters
to 6 more vaping cartridge companies
 
Today, the Food and Drug Administration announced it sent warning letters to six more vaping companies, including United Tobacco Vapor Group, Inc., located in Marietta, Georgia. United operates a number of companies that sell vaping cartridges and other products across the nation. (see website pictured below).
 
FDA cites three flavored refill cartridges (grape, orange, and strawberry) that do not have a marketing authorization order from FDA and warns these three do not make an exhaustive list. They violate several sections of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and must be brought into compliance or face “civil money penalties, seizure, and/or injunction.”
 
Other companies receiving similar letters include:
Read FDA's warning letter to United Tobacco Vapor Group here.
 
Colorado middle-school students
hospitalized after eating marijuana candies
 
At least five Adams County, Colorado middle-school students were taken to the hospital after eating marijuana-infused candies at school. In the early afternoon, several students said they felt nauseated and dizzy. They confessed they had eaten marijuana candies, and school authorities sent them to the hospital to be evaluated. District officials did not know how the candies got into the school nor how many students had eaten them. A criminal investigation is underway.
 
Read The Denver Channel story here.

 
Missouri Senate bans marijuana candies
 
Senators passed a bill that would ban marijuana-infused “candy, lollipops, cotton candy, and fruit- and animal-shaped edibles that could appeal to children.” Packaging of other marijuana-infused foods will have to be stamped with dosage levels.
 
Other provisions of the bill increase penalties for possession or sale of opioid drugs.
 
Read Associated Press article here.

 
Court upholds ban on pot dispensary
 
A state court of appeals has upheld a 2016 ban on dispensaries in Kern County, California. A  decision in 2012 had held that the county could not ban dispensaries unless a “material change in circumstances” occurred.

This time, the court found that the county had information in ­2016 it did not have four years earlier, including an upsurge in criminal activity, increased underage marijuana use, and a rising number of marijuana-related hospitalizations. The court reversed its earlier decision and the ban stands.

Read Law360 article here.

Brought to our attention by Heidi Heilman, Massachusetts Prevention Alliance (MAPA)
 
Nevada may change DUI law to reflect the unique ways marijuana affects the body
 
Nevada is trying to come to grips with the addition of another drug that impairs drivers – legal marijuana. That drug has been legal for recreational use in the state for three years. Data collected by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety shows that during 2016-2019 a little over half of all fatal crashes included the presence of one or more impairing substances in an individual involved in the crash.
 
Because marijuana affects the brain and body differently from the way alcohol does, and because there is no roadside test to establish marijuana impairment, there is controversy over how best to determine if a driver who uses marijuana is impaired.
 
A legislative committee is studying the issue over this year and will recommend changes to the current DUI law to strengthen marijuana DUI detection to keep the roads safe for drivers.

Read NevadaIndependent.com article here.

Nevadans interested in this issue may wish to listen to National Families in Action's podcasts of Marilyn Huestis, PhD. Dr. Huestis is a world-renowned expert on marijuana-impaired driving. Learn what she found in conducting the first-ever studies of marijuana’s impact on driving in a huge simulator built and maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here.
 
New Jersey Pot Lobbying up 36%
 
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission released its annual report showing lobbying expenses in the state. Marijuana lobbying jumped from $1.4 million the year before to $1.9 million last year. (See page 3 in lobbying report for list of marijuana lobbyists.)
 
The legislature’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana last year did not garner enough votes in the senate. It placed an initiative on the November 2020 ballot this year to let voters decide the issue. However, lawmakers are trying to pass another legalization bill to expand provisions in the referendum.
 
Experts estimate marijuana lobbying could reach $10 million in New Jersey this year.

Access New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission lobbying report here.   

Read NewJersey.com/Politics article here.
 

Correction

In last week's issue, we reported, "Nora D. Volkow, MD, director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Susan R. B. Weiss, PhD, director of NIDA's division of extramural research, note that researchers have called for a standardized THC dose of 5 percent."

Researchers have called for a standardized THC dose of 5 mg, not 5 percent. We regret the error.
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