Montana judge allows marijuana vaping ban to stand
A judge cleared the path for Montana to enforce a temporary emergency ban on flavored vaping products, including those containing THC. The 120-day ban began Wednesday afternoon. District Judge Jennifer Lint ruled against vape shop owners who sued to block the emergency ban from taking effect. Business owners argued that the rise of the lung injuries linked to vaping, appear to be caused by black-market products.
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New York taps Birenbaum as its cannabis czar
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named Norman Birenbaum as director of the state’s cannabis program. Birenbaum is expected to help New York legalize recreational marijuana in the upcoming legislative session, the Providence Journal reported. Birenbaum previously had been the top medical marijuana regulator in Rhode Island.