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WIRE: California regulators flag some vape cartridges for lead contamination

Sacramento, CA: State labs in California are identifying the trace presence of neurotoxic chemical element lead in some disposable vapor cartridge products, according to an investigative report published by Leafly.com.

According to newly implemented statewide regulations, cartridges must contain no more than 0.5 parts per million of lead in a cannabis product – the strictest standard for heavy metals in the nation. Experts speculate that “cannabis oil – which is acidic – is leaching lead from some carts, causing the oil to fail tests.” Empty vape cartridges have also tested positive for the chemical, Leafly reports.

The report’s author concludes: “All vape carts made before Jan. 1, 2019 in California may or may not contain some lead in the oil – no one was testing for heavy metals. Retailers are allowed to sell all inventory manufactured in 2018 to consumers. All vape carts made for the licensed, adult-use market in California after Jan. 1, 2019 should be lab-tested and contain less than 0.5 ppm [of] lead. If you want to inhale 100 percent lead-free vapor, you should abstain from using cartridges until carts with lead-free metal start hitting California shores later this winter.”

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the article appears online.

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