Cannabis lobby warns against smoking due to coronavirus
Washington: To avoid spreading the novel coronavirus, marijuana smokers should avoid sharing joints and should favor edible products, US cannabis industry figures said Wednesday.
"As long as cultures have consumed cannabis, the practice of sharing a joint amongst friends has been a common social practice," said Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML, a major US pro-cannabis lobby.
"But given what we know about COVID-19 and its transmission, it would be mindful during this time to halt this behavior," he said in a statement.
He also called on users to not share the various tools they might use to smoke marijuana and to clean them with disinfectant gel.
"Further, because COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, some may wish to limit or avoid their exposure to combustive smoke -- as this can put undue stress and strain on the lungs," the statement said.
"The use of edibles or tinctures can eliminate smoke exposure entirely," Altieri said in the statement. - AFP