Marijuana Business Magazine October 2019

Marijuana Business Magazine | October 2019 28 Cannabis Industry Prepares for Blowback as Reporting of Vaping Illness Spreads Vaping-related illnesses had sickened at least 380 people in 36 states as of mid-September, according to federal health officials, who also linked at least six fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak had some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a temporary drop in sales for products such as disposable vape cartridges and, potentially, a new round of regulations for vaporizer makers stemming from concerns over public health. A case in Oregon linked a man’s death in July to “reports that the individual … had recently used an e-cig- arette or vaping device containing cannabis purchased from a cannabis dispensary,” according to a statement from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). An OHA spokesman wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily  that authorities do not yet know the name of the store where the suspect cannabis was purchased but confirmed that it was a legal, licensed retailer. The symptoms of the Oregon patient were consistent with those being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and resemble other newly reported deaths in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Minnesota. Netherlands to Experiment With Commercial Marijuana Production Coffee shops in 10 Dutch municipalities will have access to a legal supply of recreational marijuana for the first time, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport announced. In the Netherlands, sales of recreational marijuana in coffee shops has been tolerated under certain conditions, but production and supply has remained illegal. Now, companies will be able to apply to supply coffee shops in Industry Developments | International & State Countries included have passed legislation at the federal level and must fulfill at least one of the following criteria: • Cultivation or manufacture of medical cannabis allowed. • Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis. • Import and/or export of medical cannabis allowed. High: Countries at the forefront of the global industry. Frameworks are established, and adoption is well underway. Medium: Implementation has begun but is still limited or restricted; lots of room for the market to develop. Low: Legislation has been passed, but implementation is very limited or nonexistent. Decriminalization is not included. MAP LEGEND High level of medical development/implementation Medium level of medical development/implementation Low level of medical development/implementation Other - federally illegal but unique circumstances Recreational National & International News