Illicit Cannabis Vaping Market Can Only be Combatted by a Regulated Market, says NCR in Comments to Senate Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR) today released its comments for the record regarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s November 13 hearing “Examining the Response to Lung Illnesses and Rising Youth Electronic Cigarette Use.”  NCR’s full testimony can be viewed here.  Excerpts are included below:

“While there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the vaping investigation, one thing is certain: regulated cannabis sold from a state-sanctioned store undergoes some of the most stringent testing of any consumer good on the market.”

“The illicit cannabis market can only be combatted by a legal market that’s regulated and can promise safety and security for consumers. The bottom line is that the illicit market does not test products for dangerous additives like vitamin E acetate or for pesticides. The illicit market does not ask teens for identification. These problems are only eliminated with the elimination of the illicit market and through regulatory oversight.”

“NCR and its members welcome commonsense federal regulation when it comes to cannabis, particularly regulation that improves public safety and increases consumer confidence. However, the current system of a patchwork of state laws without federal input on recall procedures, testing or labeling, puts the public at risk.”

“We urge this committee to work with the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to get dangerous and illicit vaping products off the streets, while allowing a responsibly regulated market to flourish.”


The National Cannabis Roundtable promotes common sense federal regulation, tax equality and financial services reform and supports changing federal law to acknowledge states’ rights to regulate and manage cannabis policy.  The membership of NCR represents every aspect of the cannabis supply chain. Our members operate in 23 states with legal cannabis programs, including the District of Columbia. We are growers, processors, retailers, wellness centers, investors, entrepreneurs, and publicly traded companies.  Learn more at