Massachusetts Cannabis Commissioner: Vaping Bans Could do More Harm Than Good

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November 4, 2019

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“Simplicity is tempting. … But failing to consider potential unintended negative consequences of such a ban, specifically if the harms may outweigh the benefits, does a disservice to the people whose lives are at stake.”

^ In an Oct. 7 op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title and physician, lawyer and research fellow at Harvard Medical School Michael S. Sinha argued that vaping bans would not stop the recent illness outbreak, as those bans only drive patients and consumers to the illicit market. Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The mayor is calling for an immediate investigation and will lead an effort to add additional safeguards to the licensing process.”

^ Mary Lynne Vellinga, spokesperson for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, said the city’s top elected official will be reviewing the city’s cannabis licensing process following the revelation that Andrey Kukushkin, a Ukrainian-born man indicted in a campaign-finance scheme along with two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, is an officer in a Sacramento cannabis dispensary controlled by a local businessman with a considerable share of the city’s cannabis business. Source: Sacramento Bee

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“This is likely just a temporary delay until we know which of the incurable neurodegenerative conditions are appropriate to be included on the list.”
^ Texas State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth), who spearheaded the legislation last session to expand the state’s Compassionate Use Act, told reporters that the removal of the dispensary licensing application tool from the Department of Public Safety website was likely a “temporary delay.” Currently, Texas has three licensed cannabis operators. Source: Texas Tribune