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Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

September 5, 2019

Today, Michigan became the first state to announce an outright ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) explained the decision by saying, “As governor, I’m going to do it unilaterally until I can get the legislature to adopt a statute and write it into law.”

This executive decision will impact nearly half a million Michiganders who use e-cigarettes. The ban prohibits the retail or online sale of flavored e-cigarettes or vaping liquid, including mint and menthol flavorings. Flavored e-cigarettes account for nearly three quarters of all e-cigarettes, so the impact will be widely felt.

The governor cites increasing youth use of flavored e-cigarettes and recent CDC reports of respiratory illnesses that may be associated with e-cigarette use in justifying the

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Michigan Bans Flavored E-Cigarettes

September 5, 2019

Today, Michigan became the first state to announce an outright ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) explained the decision by saying, “As governor, I’m going to do it unilaterally until I can get the legislature to adopt a statute and write it into law.”
This executive decision will impact nearly half a million Michiganders who use e-cigarettes. The ban prohibits the retail or online sale of flavored e-cigarettes or vaping liquid, including mint and menthol flavorings. Flavored e-cigarettes account for nearly three quarters of all e-cigarettes, so the impact will be widely felt.
The governor cites increasing youth use of flavored e-cigarettes and recent CDC reports of respiratory illnesses that may be associated with e-cigarette use in justifying the

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New Roads for Marijuana Research

September 3, 2019

News that the DEA is moving forward to improve access to marijuana for research purposes should be cause for celebration. But, if history is any guide, marijuana advocates should remain cautious. It has been three years since the process of increasing the number of entities registered under the Controlled Substances Act to “facilitate research involving marijuana and its chemical constituents” began. Prior to the 2016 announcement, the DEA had a monopoly on growing marijuana for research purposes. That no progress has been made in the past three years is outrageous, yet not unexpected from the prohibitionist bureaucracy of the DEA.
Israel, the Netherlands, and Canada are leading the way in marijuana research. Studies show that marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, epilepsy,

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Hemp Bill Leaves Texas Prosecutors in the Smoke

August 26, 2019

News that Texas effectively decriminalized marijuana through poorly written hemp-farming legislation has upset state lawmakers and confused law enforcement officials and prosecutors.
The legislation in question, H.B. 1325, amended the state agricultural code to permit production, sale, and possession of hemp and CBD products containing a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or less. What lawmakers missed was the inability of state crime labs to determine THC concentration. Shortly after the act was signed by the governor, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association advised their members it might be necessary to wait until the state acquires equipment to perform the appropriate tests before pursuing legal action against marijuana defendants. In addition, the Texas Department of

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