The California Cannabis Business Association has produced a series of sources to support the public determine counterfeit vape cartridges that could harm their well being.

There are now additional than 1,000 reported situations nationwide of the lung illness that has been linked to illicit marijuana vaporizers and cartridges. There have been 104 situations in California, and two of the 19 deaths confirmed nationwide have been in the state, so the CCIA is functioning with authorities on a collaborative response.

It has produced a two-sided 4×9 inch rack card for retailers to print and hand out at their shops and at neighborhood events. It has also produced a poster for retailers to hang up, informing buyers that licensed retailers carry only cannabis cartridges that are rigorously tested for residuals, toxins, solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals, urging cannabis customers to verify a retailer’s license quantity at bit.ly/CheckMyVape.

There is also a video that can be downloaded and shared on social media. It asks viewers to verify if the cannabis cartridge appears suspicious, if it comes in childproof packaging and if it carries a black or white United Symbol, a batch and lot quantity, a manufactured date and a packaging date. If not, it warns the viewer to keep away from the cartridge.

It has also produced a white paper that aids retailers comprehend the difficulty of counterfeiting inside the cannabis business. A second white paper educates brand owners on how to combat counterfeiting.

It urges brand owners to acquire trademark registrations, engage with U.S. and Chinese customs officials, submit notice and takedown requests to on the internet platforms promoting counterfeit packaging and perform with law enforcement officials to shut down unlicensed retailers.

It also encourages its members to supply much better education to buyers. A hazardous misconception amongst uninformed buyers is that value is the only distinction involving counterfeit and genuine merchandise. It urged the business to educate folks about the dangers of these counterfeits, utilizing some of the tools it has produced.

There are at least two,835 unlicensed dispensaries operating across California and that figure dwarfs the quantity of legal companies, according to an audit carried out final month by the United Cannabis Company Association, which represents legal retailers and cultivators.