Cannabis Industry Group Calls for Stricter Vaping Regs

A group of cannabis industry officials says it would like to see stricter safety rules on cannabis vaping products and it has some ideas about how the products can be improved.

In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Legal Cannabis for Consumer Safety called for a ban on the use of additives as well as artificial flavors known to carry risk of harm. The group advocated more rigorous product testing and $10 million in additional funding to help put illicit shops out of business.

"As the stewards of this supply chain, we are eager to engage in efforts to further heighten the safety of cannabis vaping and mitigate the risks posed by the burgeoning illicit market," the group wrote. It has requested a meeting with the governor.

Legal Cannabis for Consumer Safety is a consortium of growers, manufacturers, retailers, labs and major industry groups, such the California Cannabis Industry Association, vape manufacturer Loudpack, and cannabis company Flow Kana. Its recommendations were crafted amid an epidemic of vaping illnesses that has sickened over 1,600 people and caused 19 deaths nationwide. Most of the cases involved illicit vaping products.