The Canadian federal government controls the sale of cannabis products and makes revenue through a cannabis federal excise duty.
On October 19, 2019, during the EVALI outbreak, THC cartridges were approved for sale in Canada. Remember, the lung injuries were caused from illegal THC cartridges.
Health Canada acknowledges the cause
In December 2019, Health Canada was questioned by CBC News about the cause of EVALI because the Canadian government approved the sale of THC cartridges during the EVALI outbreak. Health Canada clearly communicates that they understood EVALI was being caused by illegal THC cartridges and not from vaping nicotine.
March 2021 Health Canada website: “In Canada, most cases of vaping associated lung illness do not appear to have been associated with the use of THC-containing products.”
When reading this statement, consider that Health Canada relied on patient self-reporting during a time when THC carts were all black-market. They did not conduct biopsies, product analysis nor toxicology screening.
Due to the deception that vaping nicotine was the cause of EVALI, sales of the new cannabis products were not interrupted but how many vapers switched back to the most lethal form of nicotine: tobacco cigarettes?