Whether you’re for vaping or not, it looks like it’s here to stay. The technology coming out of the vaping industry shows that manufatcureres and producers are working hard to fix the controversial issues that have plagued e-cigarettes for years. And news out of the U.K. goes to show just how much the word is adapting to having marijuana in its culture. Starting tomorrow, the first “cannabis” e-cigarette goes on sale, but there may be some issues as to its legality.
According to an article in the U.K.’s Independent, the KanaVape contains hemp and has already been legalized for use in France by people with cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS) and other conditions. Its creators told The Independent although it’s set to go on sale, there is some doubt it’s legal in the U.K., because the product needs to be tested for controlled substances.
Antonin Cohen and Sebastien Beguerie are the creators. They say the KanaVape shouldn’t be compared to a marijuana joint because it doesn’t contain THC. A statement on its website said the product is made from certified hemp, which contains far less of the chemical than marijuana, and “does not have any psychoactive or euphoric effect”. The website also claims that the product allows the enjoyment of the “original flavor” of hemp without the accompanying smoke or psychotic effects.
A statement from Cohen and Beguerie said, “We made KanaVape to give millions of people a legal and tasteful way of using cannabinoids. We craft our production with love, care and scientific research. KanaVape is good for our customers and good for the planet.”
Licenses are available to grow hemp in the UK and it can be legally sold in certain forms, including oil, paper and clothing, but a spokesperson for the U.K.’s Home Office said KanaVape would have to be tested for illegal substances before going on sale.
The spokesperson told The Independent, “Cannabis is classed as an illegal drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It is an offense to supply and possess a controlled drug and to supply any article believing it to be used for their administration.”