According to Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy, the vaping illness outbreak could lead to marijuana legalization and could prompt the U.S. and others to legalize marijuana.
Many of the vaping illnesses have been linked to products containing THC that have been bought off the street or from other informal sources.
Kennedy told CNB’s “Closing Bell” recently, “All the products that we produce in Canada and produce around the world are well tested by not only Health Canada, but regulators in other countries.” Most patients have reported vaping THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He added, “One could argue this vaping crisis could lead to more legalization.”
The illness has been dubbed EVALI by health officials and it stands for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury.
To date, the CDC has confirmed 2,051 probable vaping illness cases and 39 deaths.