Michigan Destroys Cannabis Vape Cartridges Containing Lead and Other Heavy Metals

The Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation has issued a warning that vape users are inhaling lead and other heavy metals that are leaking from e-cigarette heating coils. The BMR stated that ceramic vape cartridges do not appear to raise the same health issues. The regulators located and destroyed the contaminated products being sold in the state.

Michigan cites a study on the dangers of e-cigarettes conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study indicates that chronic use of a contaminated e-cigarette can cause lung, liver, immune, cardiovascular and brain damage. The study tested the e-cigarette devices of 56 daily users, including the e-liquid and aerosol, for heavy metals. Researchers found heavy metals in aerosol produced by e-liquid heated through coils. Almost half of the samples contained lead concentrations that were higher than the health standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The BMR has encouraged dispensaries to test vape cartridges for heavy metals. Michigan customers may also get vape cartridges tested by going to a licensed cannabis testing facility.

Colorado Mandates Universal Marijuana Symbol on Vaping Cartridge Labels

The Colorado Enforcement Division - Marijuana published Industry-Wide Bulletin 18-11 informing medical and retail cannabis businesses that vaping cartridges, disposable vaporizer pens and syringe type devices that are intended to be used with marijuana or marijuana products must include a universal marijuana symbol on the container’s label. Colorado issued the guidance to clarify new the new requirements that come into effect as a part of the implementation of the permanent rules on January 1, 2019. The bulletin provides a phased in approach for licensees to comply with this new requirement. Licensees can choose whether to include the universal symbol on vaping cartridges, disposable vaporizer pens and syringe type devises until September 30, 2019. The universal symbol must be included on the labels on and after October 1, 2019. However, licensees can continue to sell inventory without the universal symbol until July 1, 2020 so long as it was received prior to October 1, 2019. Marijuana establishments should consider the lead time for obtaining new labels that include the universal symbol in order to ensure compliance with the phase in dates.