FYI….

"The Utah Department of Health has passed an emergency rule to require warning notices about vaping THC cartridges at vape shops in Utah and restricting access to flavored juices.

The rule, announced Wednesday morning, requires all tobacco retailers to post notices warning about vaping cartridges that contain THC (even though they are not legally allowed to sell them in Utah). It also restricts the sale of flavored juices in vaping and e-cigarette supplies to licensed specialty tobacco stores.

Most vape shops, which are licensed as specialty tobacco stores, are regulated by local health departments and the emergency rule gives them increased oversight. Non-specialty tobacco stores include convenience stores and grocery stores. The Utah Department of Health's edict requires them to cease selling flavored products within a week."

It seems clear to us that the DOH is trying to solve what it sees as several problems at once, although not all of them are related to the outbreak of severe respiratory distress which seems more and more to be mostly associated with contaminated/counterfeit THC vape cartridges.

We remind people to remain aware, that that problem (with the THC cartridges) is largely a consequence of keeping cannabis commerce underground, so we urge the authorities to beware of thinking more prohibition will solve it.

Successful regulation in the cannabis arena for the public good requires a deft, user-sensitive touch, not a punitive meat axe.

#TRUCE

Utah health officials pass emergency rule limiting who can sell flavored e-cigarette products

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health has passed an emergency rule to require warning notices about vaping THC cartridges at vape shops in Utah and restricting access to flavored juices. The rule, announced Wednesday morning, requires all tobacco retailers to post notices warning about vap…


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