Article: Anti-cannabis, industry forces collide on proposed California labeling law

Article: Anti-cannabis, industry forces collide on proposed California labeling law
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The North Bay Business Journal writes Much like it was for the tobacco warning issue dating back to the 1960s, product labeling is about to blow up in a cannabis industry versus health care and youth groups’ showdown. A panel of doctors, youth groups and parents assembled Thursday in a virtual press conference called for more product warnings on packages and support for California Senate Bill 1097 — the Cannabis Right to Know Act. 20210SB1097_98 It was introduced in mid-February by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and is headed into a Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee hearing April 4. Pan, a pediatrician by trade, led the media conference call that featured parents who attributed their children’s death and homelessness to overuse of the substance still considered illegal by the federal government — but not in California. Pan told the group that consumer warnings are necessary for cannabis sales, “like (those on) tobacco products that exist across the world.” He specifically took aim at “harmful additives” and other contaminants that allegedly go into cannabis products now. Additives were defined by the physician groups as flavoring agents such as “terpene pinene” that may affect the lungs, they indicated, adding the state Department of Cannabis Control stepping in to issue guidelines “is good.” The doctors also listed mold, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals as other potential problems. And even though government warnings about the “intoxicating effects” already exist on cannabis product labels, Pan said the current ones don’t go far enough. “I authored the Cannabis Right to Know Act because current health warnings required for cannabis products are insufficient to communicate well-established health risks, especially to our youth,” he said. The bill points to a significant increase in the percentage of California teens between the ages of 12 to 17 using cannabis between…

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