The FDA is planning on imposing severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products as soon as next week; marijuana was a hit with voters in the midterm election; HHS is recommending a ban on the chemicals in kratom that would make the herb as illegal as heroin or LSD.
FDA Planning to Limit Sales of Flavored e-Cigarettes
The FDA is planning on imposing severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products as soon as next week, The Washington Post reported
. The ban would come as public health experts are alarmed by a huge increase in vaping among minors. The agency will also impose such rules as age-verification requirements for online sales, and it is expected to propose banning menthol in regular cigarettes.
Marijuana Wins Over Voters in Multiple States
Marijuana was a hit with voters in the midterm elections, The Hill reported
. In Missouri and Utah, voters approved medical cannabis, and in Michigan, voters legalized the adult use, cultivation, and retail marketing of marijuana. In 4 states—Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois—voters elected governors who openly campaigned on a platform that included legalizing adult marijuana use. In California and Colorado, voters elected governors who have spearheaded legalization reform efforts. In Maine and in New Mexico, 2 antimarijuana governors were replaced by candidates seeking cannabis reforms.
HHS Looks to Ban Kratom
HHS is recommending a ban on the chemicals in kratom that would make the popular herbal supplement as illegal as heroin or LSD by classifying them as Schedule I substances, according to STAT News
. Some scientists are worried that a ban would stifle research on chemicals that could be developed into opioid alternatives and said that banning kratom would harm people who are currently using the substance.