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For Immediate Release: October 11th, 2019

BREAKING: CDC Narrows Warnings to Specifically Target THC Products

(Alexandria, VA) – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) narrowed their warnings on vaping to urge Americans to specifically avoid the use of marijuana vaping products. Earlier guidance from the CDC recommended Americans avoid using e-cigarettes containing either nicotine or THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration released the following statement in response:

“Today’s warning from the CDC could not be clearer: we are witnessing a marijuana vaping crisis. We have allowed this industry to run too far ahead of the science, and now we’re are experiencing the tragic consequences. Additionally, two deaths in Oregon and illnesses in Delaware and Maryland derived from state ‘legal’ products confirm this is not simply a black-market issue.

“We are calling on the Trump Administration to use the Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement powers to remove all marijuana vaping products from the shelves. Additionally, we call on Congress to immediately halt any consideration of legislation seeking to grant further legitimacy and investment into the marijuana industry.

“It is my sincere hope that lawmakers nationwide are paying attention. There is no question the efforts to legalize marijuana and its subsequent commercialization has led us to this point. It’s no longer simply time to pump the brakes on this front, it’s time to bring this THC normalization movement to a screeching halt.”


About SAM Co-founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is the nation’s premier non-profit, non-partisan marijuana policy organization. Advised by a blue ribbon scientific advisory board, SAM envisions a society where marijuana policies are aligned with the scientific understanding of marijuana’s harms, and the commercialization and normalization of marijuana are no more. Its mission is to educate citizens on the science of marijuana and to promote health-first, smart policies and attitudes that decrease marijuana use and its consequences.

SAM has advised almost every state government in the U.S., Pope Francis, Queen Silvia of Sweden, and several other governments, dignitaries, and international organizations. It has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, and SAM team members have testified before Congress numerous times, as well as appearing in almost every media outlet in the country.

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