Cannabis entrepreneurs try to turn vape lung controversy into dollar signs 

“It’s going to highlight the problems with buying products off the black market,” says one.

By Kieran Delamont

2019-10-18

More than 1,300 people have fallen ill and a dozen are dead as a result of the mysterious vape lung disease in the United States. But never fear, because the cannabis tech bros are here to tell you that this is good, actually. (For business, that is.) 

“I know it’s going to affect us in a positive way,” entrepreneur James Langer told TIME. “It’s going to highlight the problems with buying products off the black market.” 

It’s a twisted view that may have something to do with the fact Langer’s company is set to roll out a line of THC vape products. But it’s one that doesn’t hold water. There have been reports of people falling ill with the same mysterious symptoms using legal vape cartridges. So it’s too early to say that it’s just the illegal market in vapes that’s to blame. 

As TIME explains, “while the Center for Disease Control and Prevention appears to suspect that illegal cannabis products are playing a major role in the crisis, it hasn’t pinned down an exact cause.” Only 13 per cent of those who have gotten sick report vaping exclusively with nicotine.

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