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San Francisco smokes Juul’s hopes by voting to keep e-cigarette ban
Natasha Lomas

Voters in San Francisco have resoundingly rejected an attempt to overturn a citywide ban on e-cigarettes by a margin of around 80:20. Reporting on the count in the Bay Area, CBS SF says at least 78 per cent of voters rejected the ballot measure, known as Proposition C. The measure had been heavily back by e-cigarette […]

India bans e-cigarettes citing youth health concerns
Natasha Lomas

India’s government has announced an immediate ban on e-cigarettes — citing youth-focused public health concerns. In a news statement following a cabinet meeting today finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ban covers production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising of e-cigarettes. Sitharaman suggested India’s youth are viewing e-cigarettes as a “style statement”, […]

As it readies a test for vaping additives, cannabis testing company Cannalysis raises $22.6 million
Jonathan Shieber

Cannalysis, a testing company for cannabis, has raised $22.6 million in a new round of financing as it prepares to bring a new test for vaping additives to the market. The test, which the company is preparing to unveil later this week, will test for the presence and amount of Vitamin E acetate, a chemical […]

As vape lung death toll mounts, CDC investigators warn against ‘informal’ THC sources
Devin Coldewey

At least a dozen people have died of an acute lung condition related to vaping, and while officials aren't ready to pin it on any one chemical or brand, they are warning that many of the patients reported buying THC cartridges from "informal sources" — which is to say off the street or online.

Confirmed: Pax Labs raises $420 million at a valuation of $1.7 billion
Jordan Crook

Pax Labs, the popular vape maker, has today confirmed the close of a $420 million equity round, including from existing investors Tiger Global Management and Tao Capital Partners, and new investors including Prescott General Partners. A Pax Labs spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the post-money valuation for Pax Labs is $1.7 billion. The Information first […]

Planning Your Own Funeral
Joe Kissell

Even if you're not expecting to die any time soon, preparing your own funeral in advance can be a lot of fun. Plus, you can arrange to have your ashes sent to Atlantis, or outer space, or made into jewelry for your kids.

K-Zen Beverage, a nascent cannabis-infused drink brand, has raised $5 million in seed funding
Connie Loizos

There’s a new cannabis-infused drink company coming together, helped along by the venture firm DCM, which just plugged $5 million in seed funding into the company. Called K-Zen Beverages, the months-old startup represents the second cannabis-related investment for DCM after Eaze, the on-demand cannabis delivery platform. So what’s the appeal? The opportunity to unlock a […]

The budding industry of cannabis tech
David Riggs

From food and drink to health and wellness and beyond, there’s one plant we can’t seem to get enough of: cannabis. It seems like every consumer product nowadays is taking part in reefer madness.

The ‘Costco of cannabis’ raises $2.8 million for a membership weed delivery service
Lucas Matney

Weed may be legal in California, but the black market is still the top spot for buyers looking for bud on a budget. Flower Co. graduated from Y Combinator’s latest class on the promise that they could cut customers better deals by focusing on partnering with growers directly to create their own house brands while […]

Demetrix raises $50 million to brew cannabis
Jonathan Shieber

With skyrocketing demand for consumer products and renewed research into its medicinal value, cannabis is having a moment. The quasi-legalization of marijuana created a gold rush for the industry, and startups like Demetrix are reaping the benefits. The company, founded by the famed U.C. Berkeley researcher Jay Keasling and helmed by former Amyris executive Jeff […]

Smoking in Korea
Simon and Martina
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