With vaping ever so popular, it results in vapers becoming that much more protective of an industry that has helped them so dearly. Those that are highly protective of this alternative that is making a strong effort to eradicate traditional smoking, now wants to eliminate any drugs that are associated with vaping. There are industry participants that want a crackdown on vapers that are abusing drugs and associating them with vaping, because they feel it’s threatening the country’s vaping market.
In a recent news article, Allen Foo – the President of Malaysia E-Vaporizers & Tobacco Alternative Association, warned that if this goes on much further and left unchecked, that drugs could kill the still-growing industry. To combat this, there are narcotics criminal investigation departments forming task forces to probe the sale and use of “marijuana” flavored e-liquids. While many would suggest not involving the Government, Mr. Foo is welcoming the stricted enforcement, but insists that the e-liquid is “not the real thing,” and is merely a flavoring that doesn’t deliver a “high.”
Mr. Foo also states that no one would actually bother making real marijuana e-liquid for vaping, because it’s ten times more expensive to make e-liquid from real marijuana extract. He also stated “Nonetheless, we want action against these marijuana flavored e-liquids.”
Malaysia’s largest vape distributor and retail chain, Vape Empire, is pointing the fingers at addicts, saying that they will use anything to abuse drugs. Aimran Abdul Rajak, a partner at Vape Empire says that drugs are the problem and that cracking down on vaping will not solve the drug issue. He argues “people have been using rolled paper, plastic bottles, aluminum foil, and many other items as drug paraphernalia for years, why not crack down on those?”
Since this is becoming such a problem in Malaysia, there are specialists that are calling for some sort of regulation to be introduced to the country, urgently. Here in the United States, we face the same problem, but it doesn’t seem quite as severe. Either that or the anti-vaping advocates are still hung up on the whole “e-liquids are marketed to kids” card.
Thoughts: While all of this may be true, there is no way that vaping marijuana will fall of the face of the earth. The truth is, vaping marijuana has many benefits compared to the traditional way of smoking it. Much like smoking cigarettes, the combustion of marijuana produces carcinogens and tar, where as vaping merely heats the marijuana, which results in vapor. Others reasons you may vape marijuana instead of smoking it would be that it’s more discreet, there is an increase in flavor, and it’s actually more cost-effective. And, to clarify, I don’t personally use drugs in any way, but I have done my research and found that vaping marijuana e-liquid isn’t really a thing when special devices are made where you don’t have to actually extract anything – in other words, it’s much easier and cheaper to just vape marijuana as it is.
However, there is still a problem that persists, even though marijuana vapers have their own special devices they use, and that is the association of drugs with vaping. For the most part, we don’t face a lot of trouble with this issue in the United States, other than your silly Snoop Dogg eGo type devices, but there are still those that are tucked away in the marketplace that are selling these type of flavors, such as Alien Vapor, which sells flavors like Stoned Smurf, SuperSkunk and Wacky Tobacky, just to name a few.
The question is, which side do you rest on… do you think it’s okay for this marijuana flavored e-liquids to rest on the market or do you feel that the association could be like giving ammo to those that are against vaping? We would like to hear your thoughts on this matter, so let us know in the comments section below.