OLCC Creates Podcast Focusing On Oversight Of Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Industry

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Flavored Vaping Ban Spotlighted in Latest Episode of “In the Weeds — The Ultimate OLCC Potcast”

OREGON:The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has published the latest episode of its occasional podcast, “In the Weeds – The Ultimate OLCC Potcast.”  Episode Four of “In the Weeds” focuses on the THC vaping respiratory illness crisis and Oregon’s ban on flavored THC vaping products.

“In the Weeds” launched in April 2019 using the podcast format to provide more digestible details and nugget-sized information about the regulations and rules governing Oregon’s regulated marijuana industry. The podcast, aimed at OLCC recreational marijuana licensees, their employees and others interested in the legal marijuana industry, is a more conversational approach to explain the expectations and guidelines for operating a legal marijuana business.

“It’s just the three of us – sometimes with a guest – sitting around talking about the rules, which is something we do every day anyway,” said Amanda Borup, OLCC Recreational Marijuana Policy Analyst, and one of the co-hosts of “In the Weeds.  “And although listening to our discussion should be helpful, it doesn’t mean listening to the podcast is a substitute for reading the rules.”

The other co-hosts of the “In the Weeds” podcast are TJ Sheehy, Manager of the OLCC’s Marijuana Technical Unit, and Mark Pettinger, OLCC spokesperson.

“We figured this would be a good way to help people working in the industry understand what is and isn’t allowed in the rules,” said Sheehy.  “People in the industry, whether they’re in the front office or on the farm in-the-field, can listen and hopefully share what they learn.”

The fourth episode of “In the Weeds” includes a discussion about the ban on flavored THC vaping products; a conversation with Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director, about the vaping crisis and on-going compliance activities.  The podcast also covers changes in the marijuana license application and renewal process.

The podcast is available through SoundCloud as well as on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, and TuneIn.

WSLCB Adopts Emergency Rules Prohibiting Sale Of Flavored Vape Products

wslcbWASHINGTON: On October 10, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health (SBOH) issued emergency rules as WSR 19-21-050, prohibiting the sale of flavored vapor products by persons licensed under chapter 69.50 or 70.345 RCW, and consistent with the directives of Executive Order 19-03 Addressing the Vaping Use Public Health Crisis.

Enforcement
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today approved emergency rules that further aligns agency authority with SBOH rules.  This emergency rule allows the WSLCB to take disciplinary action against any processor that fails to comply with the provisions of the SBOH emergency rules described in chapter 246-80 WAC, and bridges the enforcement requirements contained therein with the authority of chapter 69.50 RCW realized in WAC 314-55-077.

These rules serve a two-pronged purpose:

  1. Allows the WSLCB to serve an order of summary license suspension after a preliminary staff investigation indicates that a vapor product licensee has violated SBOH rules described in chapter 246-80 WAC, and that immediate cessation of licensed activities is necessary for the presentation of public health and welfare; -and-
  2. Provides a framework and process for an affected vapor product licensee to petition the board for a stay of summary suspension, consistent with the provisions of chapter 34.05 RCW.

Emergency Adoption
Because the outbreak of lung disease is occurring now and growing, the immediate adoption of rules that establish summary license suspension and petition for stay provisions are necessary for both the enforcement of chapter 246-80 WAC, and preservation of public health, safety and general welfare.

The full language of the rules are available on the WSLCB website under Recently Adopted Rules