Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is preparing to ban certain additives in cannabis vape products in response to the recent outbreak of vape-related lung illnesses.
The MED proposed finalized rules that would prohibit certain ingredients in cannabis vaping products, according to a Denver Post report. The rules were drafted based on industry stakeholders’ discussions and recommendations, and were to be discussed at a public hearing Oct. 15, according to the news outlet.
The rules propose a ban on polyethylene glycol (PEG), vitamin E acetate and medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) in cannabis concentrates or products that are meant to be inhaled, the Denver Post reported. These additives are generally used as thinning agents to cut THC oil, rendering it able to be vaporized.
The proposed rules would also require that additives in cannabis concentrates or products are listed on the product label if the product is meant to be inhaled through a vaporizer, according to the Denver Post, and such products would need to bear the words “Not approved by the FDA.”
Nine cases of vaping-related illness had been reported in Colorado as of Oct. 9, according to the news outlet, with seven people hospitalized.