Are marijuana-flavored e-cigarettes coming soon? Following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and the legalization of medical marijuana in over a dozen other states, a retailer of e-cigarettes in Oklahoma is hoping to set up a national franchise featuring cannabis oil products.
Chip Paul, co-founder and CEO of the Tulsa-based Palm Beach Vapors has developed a way to make cannabis oil for use in electronic cigarettes. “This is a wave that’s kind of sweeping the nation” he told announced.
Palm Beach Vapors is currently looking to patent this procedure in order to create a franchise across the country. Paul is not worried about marijuana presently being illegal in Oklahoma.
He believes that as the market for marijuana merchandise flourishes and other states about to be voting on the legalization of marijuana, that there will be no issues with commercializing the new product. Paul knows that Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are all expected to push for marijuana legalization in 2016.
In fact, Paul was involved with a legalization initiative in Oklahoma that failed to garner enough required signatures. The petition specifically sought voter approval “to classify marijuana as a herbal drug.” That way, physicians could prescribe it for numerous medical conditions.
A spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Mark Woodward, however, noted the agency’s concern regarding inhaling cannabis from e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes use heat to convert liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor. Ergo, cannabis waxes and oils would work the same way.
Palm Beach Vapors is not, at present, buying, selling or shipping cannabis. Paul did not, however, that the company is already “licensed for the preparation method and additive procedure” that produces the base for the oil. The company has applied for a patent and Paul is positively predicting that by 2018, the Palm Beach Vapors system will be bringing in up to 40 percent of the company’s yearly revenue providing the US continues to legalize marijuana.
Marijuana-Flavored E-Cigarettes Coming Soon?