As information continues to surface of unfortunate incidents related to e-cigarettes and vaping — with more than 500 people falling ill and six reported deaths — President Donald Trump stepped in to try and monitor the use of flavored e-cigarettes, announcing a proposal to ban thousands of flavors used in nicotine vaping products.
While addressing the media today, President Trump had this to say when discussing the proposed ban:
“It’s very new and potentially very bad. There have been deaths and there have been a lot of other problems. People think it’s an easy solution to cigarettes, but turns out that it has its own difficulties. Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect to children.”
So what does a ban on nicotine vaping products mean for the millions of people who vape CBD? That’s still up for debate, but, according to MJ Biz, it could have broader ramifications. Given today’s news, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is being proactive given the President’s announcement today, staking its claim to challenge Congress to regulate cannabis, with advocates citing prohibition as the main driver of illicit market products linked to most cases.
In a statement from the Executive Director of NCIA, Aaron Smith, he cited remorse for the unfortunate illnesses and deaths relating to vaping, but was quick to challenge Congress in changing policy relating to the current federal laws, which, in his words, “interfere with research, prevent federal regulatory agencies from establishing safety guidelines, discourage states from regulating cannabis, and make it more difficult for state-legal cannabis businesses to displace the illicit market.”