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Should ‘e-joints’ be regulated?




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Creator of the "Kanavape" electronic cannabis cigarette Antonin Cohen (L) speaks during a press conference in Paris on December 16, 2014.
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The legalization of marijuana has created many business opportunities for those hoping to capitalize on the so-called "green rush." One of these businesses is a company called JuJu Joints, which manufactures disposable "e-joints" containing 250 miligrams of cannabis oil filled with THC. It emits no smoke and no smell, and doesn't use batteries or cartridges. To smoke it, you simply put it in your mouth--and inhale. There's no lighting up.

JuJu Joints are sold only in Washington state, whose voters legalized the recreational use of pot in 2012. The company is considering expanding sales to other states, including Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado.

"I wanted to eliminate every hassle that has to do with smoking marijuana," Rick Stevens, the inventor and co-founder of JuJu Joints told the New York Times. "I wanted it to be discreet and easy for people to handle." 

Its ease of use is precisely what worries law enforcement people and some health experts, who fear that this new delivery system would lead to abuse. E-joints are not currently not regulated. Should they be? If so, how?

Guests:

Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy at UCLA and the editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis

Dr. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School