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MRA Emergency Rules Require New Vaping Tests, Prohibit Vitamin E Acetate

MRA Emergency Rules Require New Vaping Tests, Prohibit Vitamin E Acetate

Monday, November 25, 2019

On Friday, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) promulgated emergency rules for marijuana products intended for inhalation to address the public health crisis of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of adult-use and medical marijuana consumers.

“It is absolutely vital that patients and consumers know, with certainty, the ingredients in the products that they are using,” said Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. “These rules require stringent testing and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Michiganders.”

“As always, our primary goal is to protect the public’s health,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “The collaboration with our public health partners over the last several months has resulted in the issuance of these rules which will increase consumer confidence in the regulated supply of marijuana products intended for inhalation.”

The MRA is now requiring that all inactive ingredients added to marijuana products be clearly listed on the product label. Additionally, marijuana licensees are prohibited from using inactive ingredients that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for inhalation. All ingredients added to marijuana products intended for inhalation must be FDA-approved for inhalation and cannot exceed the maximum concentration listed in the FDA Inactive Ingredient database.

The MRA will inspect processing facilities twice a month to ensure compliance with these manufacturing standards. Also, the MRA will require licensed safety compliance facilities to test for vitamin E acetate.

Effective immediately, licensees may not sell a marijuana product which is intended for inhalation (vaping) unless one of the following conditions is met:

  • the product has received a passing test result under these rules
  • the product was produced by a licensed processor after the effective date of these rules and in compliance with all rules promulgated by the MRA

“Prohibiting additives that could cause harm to human health is a step forward in efforts to protect the public during this outbreak of lung injury cases,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The emergency rules may be read here and here.