State to medical marijuana company: Stop selling vape pens – Florida Politics (blog)

State regulators have told a South Florida medical marijuana provider to quit selling “unapproved” vape pens.

The Department of Health‘s Office of Medical Marijuana Use sent a “cease and desist” letter Monday to Curaleaf of Miami.

It also tells the company to stop “running unapproved advertisements encouraging (its) product to be used in a manner inconsistent” with state law.

Florida bans medical marijuana from being smoked, but does allow vaporizing, or “vaping.” Vape pens generally are battery-powered devices that heat the cannabis, allowing the user to inhale the vapor produced.

The state told Curaleaf, formerly called Costa Nurseries, that it had not yet OK’d its brand of vaporizer device.

Curaleaf is what’s known in Florida as a medical marijuana treatment center, or MMTC, a vertically-integrated operation that combines growing, processing and retail sales of medicinal cannabis. 

Regulators also cited Curaleaf for “post(ing) an advertisement to its Facebook account (this month) displaying an open herb cartridge with the contents visible.”

“Not only was the Facebook advertisement detailed above not approved, it clearly encourages an improper

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