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Vaping laws have some fuming in Forsyth County

Vaping has become a hot button issue in Forsyth County, following the recent passage of a new ordinance targeting shops that sell vape products.

CUMMING, Ga. — Forsyth County has imposed stricter punishment for shops that sell vape products to minors. Now, many have spoken up on social media, saying there’s a much bigger issue – drugs.

The new penalties for selling e-cigarettes, synthetic pot or bath salts to minors will be similar to those of selling alcohol, including up to closure of the business.

Evan Cochran, the owner of Odysseus Vapor in Forsyth County, said there’s a misunderstanding about vape shops and the products they commonly sell. He said that some in the county commission are confusing vaping tobacco with CBD or cannabidiol, a compound from the cannabis plant that is directly related to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding CBD right now,” Cochran said. “There’s a lot of different products sold as CBD that are not CBD."

Cochran explained that some products being marketed as CBD, actually contain a dangerous chemical commonly known as "Spice," a synthetic material with a similar chemical compound to marijuana.

"We don’t sell any CBD products currently, but that is one of the main issues we’re having especially within Forsyth County," Cochran said. "People are equating CBD and vaping in general with it causing these issues, and it doesn’t.”

Spice, he said, is causing the issues, which is why he has no plans of ever selling it.

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