Latest News: Marijuana smokers use Electronic Cigarettes to consume the drug in an oil form known as Hash
When you see someone smoking an electronic cigarette, it may not be nicotine that they are inhaling. Some are using electronic cigarettes as a new way of getting high. They are smoking a vapor of liquid cannabis. It is sometimes referred to as hash oil. By using electronic cigarettes, the illegal drug can be smoked anywhere without being detected. That has the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office worried.
"You have no idea what they are smoking there," said Kathy Drea, Vice President of Defense of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.
It is a new trend among marijuana consumers: smoking illegal hash oil with the use of electronic cigarettes.
"Hash is a derivative of marijuana, and it is a process in which they sometimes do it to form a paste, obviously, they do it in the form of oil. But they are putting in these e-cigarettes and using it to get high. and hashish causes a very intense reaction, "said Undersheriff Jack Campbell of Sangamon County.
Since the vapor of electronic cigarettes is odorless, the smell of marijuana is nonexistent.
"Now we are afraid that here is another opportunity for people to walk down the street and they do it right in front of us and we cannot know," Campbell said.
This is just one more reason. Drea says he is fighting for electronic cigarettes that must be regulated by the government.
"We would definitely like to see the restrictions on sales. We would like to see all the smoke-free environment laws - which are included in all the smoke-free laws like Illinois Smoke Free," said Drea.
Since marijuana is now legal in some states, execution in Illinois is even more difficult.
"He seems to be working his way here, probably from the west. Colorado, where marijuana is legal now, is one of the places where they started using this method first. And we are afraid of other states moving in legalization of marijuana, because we're going to be seeing more of that here, "said Campbell.
That is why local law enforcement officials say they are on the hunt for those who use electronic cigarettes to smoke hash oil.
"Right now it is illegal to do so, it is illegal to possess. So on our part in law enforcement, we are going to arrest them if we catch them," Campbell said.
A letter was signed by 40 state attorney generals, including Illinois Lisa Madigan, urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes. Officials say they are waiting for an FDA response soon.
The National Association of Attorneys General says that electronic cigarette sales are growing rapidly, doubling every year since its creation in 2008. Sales in 2013 are accelerating even faster and projected to reach $ 1.7 billion.