Effective January 1, 2021, new Colorado rules will require vape manufacturers to begin testing the vapor being inhaled by consumers, not just the liquid in the cartridge.
Standard protocol has always been to test just the oil or vape liquid in a lab. But as science has taught us, heat exposure can cause drastic changes a compound. In an unprecedented move, Colorado will become the first state to actually start testing the vapor coming out of the device.
The new rules, 1 CCR 212-3, were released on October 9th by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, and are intended to reassure consumers that legal products are as safe as possible. The new regulations state that companies must test the “emissions” from vape products, meaning they will examine the aerosol inhaled by consumers for any contaminants and carcinogens.
Another Colorado rule requires manufacturers to label cannabis vape cartridges with an expiration date based on “scientific understanding of consumer safety and quality,” according to a news release. The industry was given until next years so manufacturers and retailers can have a reasonable amount of time to get compliant.