Will New York Expand its Medical Marijuana Program in Light of the Vaping Crisis?

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker held a joint press conference warning New Yorkers to avoid vaping in light of hundreds of people in 33 states developing lung ailments as a result of using e-cigarettes. Many of the cases have been linked to black-market Thc vape cartridges, and in New York state specifically, 10 out of 18 cartridges associated with recent hospitalizations tested positive for the presence of vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent used in some black-market vape pens, which can be extremely toxic if inhaled.
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