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State orders marijuana vape inventories tested for Vitamin E acetate

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The state’s marijuana watchdog agency has ordered tests on vaping inventories. This order came via an emergency rule adopted by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.
Vitamin E acetate is a common ingredient in marijuana lotions and dietary products. But it has been linked to lung injuries when used in vaping.

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency says the ingredient appears to be rare in legal vaping products, and is more commonly found in black market marijuana concentrates.

But regulators say they’re taking no chances and want stockpiles tested before they’re allowed on store shelves.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control believes the ingredient may be linked to one death in Michigan as well as dozens of cases of illnesses.

The emergency rule can be renewed, but can be made permanent after a process that includes public hearings.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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