Cal NORML Opposes Bans on Smokeless E-Cigs and Vaporizers

January 26, 2014 - As the popularity of cannabis e-cigs and vaporizers has taken off, California NORML has been busy fighting bills to ban e-cigs in non-smoking areas. These bans are especially harmful to the many seriously ill patients who cannot legally smoke medical cannabis indoors due to the state's stringent anti-smoking laws, some of which even ban smoking in private rental units and apartments. California law generally defines e-cigs broadly to include any device capable of vaporizing nicotine, which includes most every vaporizer on the market.

Last year the state legislature turned down a state bill to ban e-cigs in non-smoking areas, but local bans have been proposed in Los Angeles, San Diego, Alameda Co, Richmond, Berkeley, San Francisco, and elsewhere. The sponsors of the Berkeley and SF bills have assured Cal NORML that they do not mean to include cannabis vaporizers in their bills. However, even if only nicotine e-cigs are banned, cannabis vapers will be at risk of being busted, because it's so difficult to distinguish cannabis from nicotine vaporizers.

- Dale Gieringer, Cal NORML

See: Another View: Blowing smoke about e-cigarettes
By Dale Gieringer, CaNORML
Special to The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

Also see: Proposed Alameda and LA Bans on E-Cigs, Vaporizers Harmful to Marijuana Patients

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