Oct 23

Ban vaping? Beware the knee-jerk reaction

For decades, vaping has served as a viable alternative to meet evolving consumer preferences and medical needs. But in recent weeks, a public health crisis has emerged. State officials are working around the clock to develop potential solutions to address this critical situation – as demonstrated in Wednesday’s legislative hearings... read more →
Oct 09
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Oct 05

Vaping deaths shine light on California’s dark cannabis underworld

Josh Wurzer, president of SC Labs, with sample vials in front of bio hood at his company's facility in Santa Cruz, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015. SC Labs cannabis potency testing offers a full cannabinoid profiling, utilizing High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC/DAD) for cannabinoid analysis. It also tests for pesticides, microbials... read more →
Oct 04

Dank, the brand that isn’t, scrutinized amid vaping illness

LOS ANGELES — It’s a widely known vaping cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it’s not a licensed brand. And it’s got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want. The vaping cartridges that go by the catchy, one-syllable name “Dank” — a slang word for highly potent... read more →
Sep 30

Re: Curbing the Illicit Cannabis Market to Ensure Public Safety

The Honorable Gavin Newsom Governor, State of California State Capitol First Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Curbing the Illicit Cannabis Market to Ensure Public Safety Dear Governor Newsom: On behalf of the United Cannabis Business Association, San Francisco Cannabis Retailers Alliance, Santa Ana Cannabis Association, Long Beach Collective Association, United... read more →
Sep 27

Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

NBC News commissioned laboratory tests of knock-off marijuana vapes that found a pesticide linked to hydrogen cyanide in 10 out 10 products. Fabian Castillo was suffering from crippling anxiety when his uncle handed him a marijuana vape pen one day last December. "It will help calm you down," Castillo said... read more →
Sep 27
Sep 25

Potential culprits in mystery lung illnesses: Black-market vaping products

LOS ANGELES — Doorways chained shut and “Members Only” signs warn casual passersby against stopping along this five-block stretch of downtown known as the “Cannabis District.” This gritty corridor is a major hub for the estimated $9 billion black market for the state’s illicit cannabis products.  Products sold here, including a flood... read more →
Sep 25