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California Regulators Revoke Cannabis Licenses Issued To Kushy Punch

California cannabis regulators have revoked the state commercial cannabis licenses of cannabis edible brand and vape maker Vertical Bliss Inc., also known as Kushy Punch.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control and the California Department of Public Health said that Kushy Punch's cannabis manufacturing and distribution licenses were revoked after the company was found to be operating from an unlicensed facility.

The regulators said that after receiving a complaint about illegal cannabis activity at a location in Canoga Park, they searched the unlicensed facility and seized nearly $21 million in illegal cannabis products held by Vertical Bliss. The seized products included 7,200 illegal vape cartridges.

The regulators revoked the license for the Nordhoff Street premises following the discovery of connections between Vertical Bliss and the unlicensed location.

"All commercial cannabis activity in California must be conducted on a premises with a valid license issued by the appropriate state cannabis licensing authority. Manufacturing, distributing or selling cannabis goods without a state license or at a location that is not licensed is a violation of state law," the Bureau of Cannabis Control said.

Kushy Punch is a manufacturer and distributor of oil infused gummies and CBD products such as vapes, oil tinctures, capsules, oil syringes and topicals.

The license revocation comes as U.S. health authorities and the marijuana industry grapple with a multi-state outbreak of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette.

Vaping poses a major threat to the health of thousands of people in the United States, mainly the youth. Flavored e-cigarettes packed with addictive nicotine are fueling a youth epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC on Thursday confirmed 47 deaths and 2,290 cases of lung injury related to vaping.

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