Eight Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries, including three in the Kansas City area, started selling THC vape pens and cartridges for the first time last week. Store owners say customers have clamored for them for some time, despite varying opinions on their safety.
The potential dangers of vaping nicotine and black market THC have been studied. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hasn’t updated reports on a lung injury associated with black market THC vaping products since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but in February 2020 it reported 2,800 hospitalized cases of EVALI and 68 deaths since August of 2019. The CDC has stated that vitamin E acetate in illegal THC vape pens was to blame for the lung disease.
“Vaping products are “by far our No. 1 request,” Greenlight CEO John Mueller said, according to an article in Newsbreak.
Last week, medical marijuana vape pens were delivered to Greenlight’s dispensaries in Kansas City, Independence and Harrisonville. It’s the first time the products have been available in the state because it took time for cultivators to extract trim material down to a distillate form that could be vaporized.
“It’s an exciting day for the industry,” Mueller said, opening the first box.