"Unlawful lead ranges" within the authorized weed vapes of Massachusetts – firebird-cbdoil
Massachusetts cannabis regulators discovered dangerous heavy metal levels in several cannabis vapes that were previously approved for the legal adult market.
For several months, the State Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has been testing cannabis vaping products for vitamin E acetate, an additive that health experts believe is responsible for the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung disease (EVALI) , , None of these products have been tested positive for vitamin E, but dangerous amounts of lead have been found in several of these vapes in test laboratories.
"Each of these products had previously and successfully passed the test protocols before it was offered for sale," says a statement from the CCC. "However, when tested again this month, 13 of the above products failed due to improper lead levels."
The state's legal limit for contaminating weed products with lead is 500 parts per billion (ppb) or less. Of the 109 products, the test laboratory discovered 10 vapes that contained unsafe amounts of lead and were between 553 and 1,728 ppb. Two other vape carts were found to contain extreme amounts of lead – 17,353 ppb and 29,814 ppb – the latter of which is almost 60 times the legal limit.
Approved weed vapes were withdrawn from the market in September when Governor Charlie Baker imposed a temporary ban on selling cannabis and nicotine vapes within state borders. In November, a state judge lifted the ban and ruled that Baker was not authorized to restrict medical marijuana products. Before the vapes could return to the shelves, the CCC quarantined all of the oil-based vapes to test their safety before they were launched.
Earlier this month, state health officials announced that six cases of EVALI were related to legal suspected THC that had been acquired in licensed state pharmacies prior to the ban. This news was surprising as U.S. health authorities have linked many EVALI cases to illegal weed vaporizers, especially those that contain vitamin E additives. These new laboratory reports suggest that lead poisoning could actually be the culprit for the terrible lung injuries suffered by numerous people over the past six months – not vitamin E.
"These findings make it clear that the Commission should and will continue to investigate vapor products," wrote the CCC. "As soon as additional information and knowledge is available, the Commission will continue to make it available to the public."
Industry insiders fear that the additional tests could lead to a bottleneck that could restrict the supply of legal weed products to the state. However, the state's two licensed testing laboratories say they are ready for this task.
"There will be some patches that may have slight delays due to the higher volume, but overall we are designed and should be able to handle them," said Michael Kahn, President of MCR Labs. at WBUR radio.
It is now legal to sell all products that have passed the second round of testing, and Pot Vapes are back in stock at many licensed cannabis retailers in Massachusetts.