The State of Michigan has instituted new testing and disclosure rules for marijuana-based vaping products.
Emergency rules posted Friday by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency come in response to 55 cases of lung injuries in Michigan. 88 percent of the victims reported that they had used vaping products that included THC.
All marijuana-based vaping ingredients must now come with a list of all ingredients. No inactive ingredients may be used that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Producers of marijuana-based vaping products in Michigan will be inspected twice each month.
Products already distributed will need to be re-tested before they can be sold.
The pulmonary malady is now being called EVALI – that’s an acronym for E-cigarette Vaping Associated Lung Injury.
It is being blamed on Vitamin E Acetate, which is often used in formulating skin creams and lotions, and has been used as a thickening agent for THC vaping compounds. It is not considered safe to inhale.
Processors in Michigan will be required to test products to make sure none is present.
The emergency rules will remain in place for six months, while permanent rules are developed.
The Michigan Cannabis Industry Association immediately announced its support of the rules.