Michigan forces dispensaries to stop selling marijuana vapes until more testing can be done

WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an emergency action the state of Michigan ordered all marijuana vape cartridges be pulled from the shelves Friday.

The cartridges have already been tested by the state, but they must go back for further testing. There is concern over vitamin E acetate, which has been linked to causing severe respiratory illnesses.

Customers were not happy at the Greenhouse in Walled Lake. The phones were ringing constantly with patients trying to figure out why they couldn’t get their cartridges.

“I have no problem because, obviously, the safety of my patients and my soon-to-be recreational customers is my priority,” owner Jerry Millen said.

Everything at the Greenhouse has already been tested by the state, it will now be tested again.

“In all reality if they really want things to be safe, go after the black market,” Millen said. “There are still 100 plus illegal delivery services selling the poison vape pens. The poison pens aren’t in the dispensaries, they’re on the street.”

Customers who spoke with Local 4 off camera thought it was a ridiculous overreaction and were angry. The cartridges are popular because they’re odorless.

There are limited facilities to test product in Michigan, which means don’t expect those cartridges back in dispensaries anytime soon.

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