A whole bunch of vape cartridges bought at medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania have been recalled as a result of they include substances that weren’t authorized for inhalation, state well being officers stated.
The Pennsylvania Division of Well being on Friday released a list of greater than 500 vaporized marijuana merchandise with some “added substances” that weren’t authorized by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA).
“What the state is making an attempt to do right here just isn’t a factor,” stated Meredith Buettner, government director of the Pennsylvania Hashish Coalition, based on the Pittsburgh City Paper. “The state is making an attempt to use a regular that doesn’t exist.”
In an e mail to medical marijuana sufferers, the Division of Well being introduced a recall on these merchandise. The recall stems from a months-long, statewide assessment of all vaporized medical marijuana merchandise.
“Though a few of these added substances could also be thought of secure in different non-inhaled merchandise, affected person security is the highest precedence of the Medical Marijuana Program,” the e-mail stated.
The Division of Well being requested all medical marijuana growers and processors to submit info Nov. 16, 2021, relating to “vaporized merchandise containing added substances similar to externally sourced flavorings or terpenes.”
Well being officers notified sufferers of the statewide assessment Dec. 1, warning among the merchandise bought at dispensaries might not be secure for inhalation.
Buettner reportedly instructed the City Paper she is anxious the state’s recall might push sufferers to hunt merchandise on the unlawful market if they’ll’t get them at their dispensary.
In Friday’s e mail, well being officers stated anybody who used these merchandise ought to speak to the medical professionals at their dispensary to see what alternate merchandise swimsuit their wants. The e-mail didn’t say what, if any, well being results these unapproved merchandise might have had on customers.
The Division of Well being’s e mail concluded, “We’re dedicated to your continued entry to secure and efficient medical marijuana merchandise.”