Feds ignore marijuana vaping as health scare grows – Politico

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— Americans spent $5.9 billion on THC and CBD vape products last year. There are 512 different cannabis-based vape brands being sold in American dispensaries. One person’s death has been linked to a marijuana vape cartridge bought at a dispensary. But marijuana vape cartridges were not mentioned Wednesday when the White House issued new regulations on e-cigarettes in the midst of a growing health crisis.

— Democratic front-runner Joe Biden’s marijuana plan differs from the competition. In a field where most candidates support comprehensive legalization bills, Biden wants to reclassify the substance to a category that includes cocaine and meth.

— Nevada’s “nightmare” licensing process continues as at least a dozen lawsuits seek to challenge the state’s marijuana licensing process. Such legal challenges are common in states with limited cannabis licenses.

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IT’S THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12. WELCOME TO POLITICO’S DAILY CANNABIS NEWSLETTER. “People are going to keep dying.” That’s the text message I received Wednesday from a marijuana vape user, after they learned the federal government is not able to regulate marijuana the same way it can regulate tobacco. So please, keep sending along cannabis news, tips or feedback: nfertig@politico.com or @natsfert. And follow us on Twitter: @POLITICOPro. Read more about our mission in our inaugural issue.


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