ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Democratic governor this week urged neighboring states to work together on recreational marijuana policies that also address vaping products.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo planned Wednesday to travel to Connecticut to meet with the state’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. In interviews Tuesday, Cuomo blamed the federal government for failing to take action and said he also wants to work with New Jersey.
Health officials nationwide are investigating hundreds of cases of serious breathing illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. President Donald Trump has proposed a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products, while New York and Michigan have also moved forward on bans of vaping flavors.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts ordered a four-month halt to sales of all vaping products and devices and California health officials urged consumers to stop vaping marijuana or tobacco products as the investigation continues.
The California Department of Public Health also warned against using cannabis products from illegal dispensaries that could be holding tainted oil.
The ailment has sickened at least 530 people and killed nine. Many patients reported vaping THC from marijuana, though health officials have cautioned that some said they only vaped nicotine.