It’s Time for the Cannabis Industry to Get the Lead Out

Lead In Vape Cartridges Is A Problem

The news swirling around the vaping community is confusing, alarming and never ending. Every day, new headlines detail new concerns that should be a wake-up call for the cannabis industry. 

Just last week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published an alarming report detailing the sudden outbreak of pulmonary disease – and deaths – attributed to the consumption of vaping products. While a close look at the data indicate that the preponderance of these cases involve e-juice and tobacco products, cannabis consumption plays a role in the health crisis. 

As the story spreads throughout the mainstream press and social media, it is time for the legal and regulated cannabis industry to address the issue. It needs to debunk illegitimate distortions of fact. But it also must clearly articulate a solution to some of the inherent health and safety issues. 

Here is one important problem we can resolve today – and Atlas Technology Manufacturing is leading the way: 

Get the lead out! There is no level of lead acceptable in a vape cartridge.

Vape Cartridges Can Be Lead Free

Legal cannabis products are – outside of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals – the most tested and regulated product American consumers can buy. But current state standards allow for the presence of lead in passing heavy metals tests. The industry can – and must do better. We can be lead free. And we don’t need a politician, bureaucrat or regulator to make it happen. The industry, in the interest of consumer health and safety, must accept this challenge. Today. 

We simply can’t wait for the regulators or reputable media outlets to educate consumers. The legal and regulated cannabis industry must take responsibility for informing our customers about the safety of our products. And it is incumbent upon us to deliver healthy and safe vaporization products.  

says Kent Haehl, President of Atlas Group.

Untested Vape Products Are Not The Only Challenge

All the reports reiterate that the biggest problem is untested products pouring into the black market – especially in state that do not have a regulations cannabis retail distribution system. But the data also suggests that legal states are not immune. In regulated markets, the biggest chemical culprits for the current crisis are thinning/flavoring agents, carrier oils, vitamin E acetate and an assortment of other additives. Lead, at least up to now, has not been singled out as a root cause … yet. 

More than 35 million units of THC-containing vape products were sold between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019 in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington, according to a report from Headset, a Seattle-based data analytics firm. Vape cartridges have become No. 2 product category in cannabis; only flower sales are greater. 

The rapid growth of cannabis concentrates has helped fuel the legal and regulated cannabis industry, and that growth will continue for the foreseeable future. According to a report by ArcView Market Research in conjunction with BDS Analytics, consumer spending on cannabis concentrates in the United States was estimated at $3 billion in 2018 – a 49 percent increase from the previous year’s sales. By 2022, ArcView forecasts that Americans will spend $8.4 billion on concentrate products. For comparison, ArcView estimates that flower sales will be $8.5 billion in 2022.

No Level Of Lead Is Acceptable In A Vape Cartridge

The potential for a wider health crisis – this one potentially catastrophic –if the industry fails to act.

Atlas is urging the industry to adopt a simple stance: No level of lead is acceptable. California is credited for creating the most stringent regulatory standard for heavy metals. We applaud the Golden State, but Atlas is setting the gold standard when it comes to creating a cartridge with no detectable level of lead or other harmful heavy metals. 

Our lead-free vape cartridges, an evolution of the multi-million selling A3 enjoys wide distribution in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California and have zero detectable levels of lead in manufactured components or the oil inside the cartridge. Two independent labs have confirmed the findings

A unanimous scientific consensus exists – supported by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control – that there is no safe level of exposure to lead. The harmful heavy metal is outlawed in other common consumer products. Why is permissible in vape carts? Why does the industry passively accept this? The industry must pursue a lead-free standard that is in the best interest of consumer – and the entire cannabis industry. 

Atlas is prepared to lead the change. Are you with us?

asks Haehl.
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