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Days after this story initially published, Amazon provided a statement to MPR News saying it does not allow “e-cigarettes or drug paraphernalia” in its store.
Those two products and a host of similar ones were gone from the site by Tuesday afternoon, with no explanation from Amazon.
While the packaging and labeling materials appear removed from Amazon, shoppers can still buy empty cartridges as well as the tools and oils to fill them.
Exact cause of injuries, deaths remains unknown
Preliminary investigations have tied recent lung issues to a Vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E is considered safe as a dietary supplement and in skin-care products but not for vaping. Leafly reported that an additive containing Vitamin E proliferated on the legal and illicit cannabis markets in the past year.
However, anyone could purchase these and other materials from Amazon’s website, filled with any vaping fluid and sold on the black market, where sales of illicit marijuana vaping products have flourished recently.
“If you own illicit vape cartridges, throw them away immediately,” advised cannabis news site Leafly. “They are unregulated, untested, and could be contaminated.”
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Amazon — the world’s largest retailer — was selling an array of products one could use to manufacture a cartridge, from tamper-evident seals to warning labels to oils to packaging. That’s most everything, except for the THC oil itself.
The products pulled from Amazon mimicked marijuana products that are sold legally in the several U.S. states that have approved recreational cannabis. They range from packaging materials for the Exotic Carts brand of marijuana oil cartridges to bulk “California compliant” stickers indicating the object to which the labels are affixed is legal under the state’s marijuana law.