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Tennessee Shutters 23 Stores For Selling CBD Products

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WSMV.com reports that Rutherford County officials and law enforcement agencies have forcibly shuttered and padlocked 23 businesses for selling edibles and vapor products containing CBD. CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a compound derived from both marijuana and hemp products. CBD, unlike THC, the other active compound in marijuana, does not cause the user to get “high.”

Officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne Police Departments, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation closed the stores on Monday after receiving a court order from Circuit Court Judge Royce Taylor.

The stores affected by law enforcement forcible closures included Last Stop Market, Vapesboro, Stop-N-Go, 99 Cents Discount Tobacco, and others.

While the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) maintains that Cannabidiol (CBD) is a Schedule 1 controlled substance and, therefore, all CBD products all unlawful for possession or distribution aside from  academic research purposes, some may be confused by the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the “Farm Bill.” The DEA has issued the following statement to address that confusion:

“It is important to correct a misconception that some have about the effect of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (which some refer to as the ‘farm bill’) on the legal status of ‘Charlotte’s Web’/CBD oil.  Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 authorizes institutions of higher education (e.g., universities) and state Departments of Agriculture to grow and cultivate ‘industrial hemp’ (defined under the Act as marijuana with a THC content of 0.3 percent or less) for agricultural research purposes where permitted under state law.   However, the Agricultural Act of 2014 does not permit such entities, or anyone else, to produce non-FDA-approved drug products made from cannabis. Thus, the CSA and FDCA restrictions mentioned above remain in effect with respect to the production of ‘Charlotte’s Web’/CBD oil for human consumption.”

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ACS: Some docs should encourage vaping

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The American Cancer Society has published a new Position Statement which acknowledges that vaping is a viable tobacco harm reduction strategy. It also lays out the scientific evidence for the new position, as well as policy priorities based on the new data.

While the ACS maintains that it still lacks the scientific evidence to decide on policies with regard to the long-term effects of vaping, it will now be monitoring emerging data toward that end.

With regard to current clinical recommendations, the Position Statement reads, in part:

“The ACS has always supported any smoker who is considering quitting, no matter what approach they use… Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”

With regard to policy, ACS defers to the FDA but appears to urge the FDA to regulate vaping to the full extent of its authority to do so, while also suggesting post-market monitoring of vaping products to determine their safety and effectiveness. To wit:

“Any related regulatory regime should include post-marketing surveillance to monitor the long-term effects of these products and ensure the FDA’s actions have the intended health outcome of significantly reducing disease and death.”

This marks a significant shift from the American Cancer Society’s previous position, and Vape News will be monitoring the scientific and regulatory landscape for any further developments.

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Study Finds No Health Risks Of Long Term Vaping

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Regulator Watch has published their findings in a 3.5 year study into the adverse health risks of vaping. Regulator Watch used a study sample of 9 vapers who had never smoked traditional cigarettes against a control group of non-vapers who had also never smoked traditional cigarettes.

Participants received medical monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, and other health metrics. According to the study, after 3.5 years of vaping, participants showed no detectable adverse health outcomes compared to members of the non-vaping control group.

The study concluded that although adverse health outcomes cannot be ruled out over longer use periods, no respiratory pathology of any kind was detected within the study’s time frame.

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NH Tobacco 21 Bill Stalls

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Seacoast Online reports that legislation intended to raise the legal purchase age for tobacco products to 21 years old has been tabled in the New Hampshire senate.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, cited support from Dover Youth to Youth, a youth empowerment program dedicated to substance abuse prevention. “Youth to Youth made a huge impression up here on the committee members and the fellow senators,” according to Watters.

Nevertheless, the bill was ultimately and overwhelmingly tabled for the time being.

Youth to Youth student member Hannah Martuscello made the following statement prior to her testimony in favor of the bill:

“The majority of younger teens in high school who do get cigarettes from older kids get them from the 18-year-olds that are seniors that can buy tobacco products for them. By eliminating that age group of kids in high school that can actually legally purchase them, you really eliminate a lot of the younger kids who can’t purchase them.”

According to Watters:

“Within a year all the states around us will be tobacco 21 states. We’re going to pass this.”

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