WSLCB Reminds Licensees: Branded Or Unbranded Merchandise And Conditional Sales Prohibited

Enforcement and Education Bulletin No 21-01

 

 

To:                  Cannabis Industry Members

From:             Matt McCallum, Enforcement Advertising Coordinator

Subject:         Prohibited: branded or unbranded merchandise and conditional sales

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve and progress, the advertising produced and sold by cannabis licensees is becoming more and more creative. Although the LCB supports the creativity and promotion of cannabis businesses, it is important to remember that there are restrictions on what cannabis licensees can sell, and how it can be sold.

Please keep in mind that the distribution of branded or unbranded promotional items is prohibited under WAC 314-55-155(4), and conditional sales are prohibited under WAC 314-55-017.

What does this mean for licensees?

This means that a cannabis licensee in the state of Washington cannot brand, package with, or sell non-cannabis, or non-cannabis paraphernalia items, using their license. This includes but is not limited to t-shirts, stickers, drinking glasses, lanyards, and general swag items.

In addition, requiring the purchase of a non-cannabis item, such as paraphernalia or other non-cannabis products in order for the purchaser to obtain cannabis, is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to pipes, bongs, rolling papers, lighters, and branded merchandise.

Please note that licensees may sell paraphernalia together with cannabis either as separate items or in branded packaging, but the purchase of cannabis cannot be contingent upon the requirement to purchase the paraphernalia item. This means if a paraphernalia item is sold with or packaged with cannabis, the cannabis must also be available for sale separately and the cannabis cannot be available for a lesser amount when sold with the paraphernalia.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, RCW 69.50.585, allows cannabis producers and processors to provide retailers and their employees with branded promotional items of nominal value. These items can only have the advertising matter of the producer or processor providing the items.  The items may not be forwarded on to the retail customers, through purchase or giveaway.

If you have any questions, please contact your compliance consultant or officer. Thanks you. for your review.

Why You Should Consider A Dry Herb Vaporizer

As a cannabis connoisseur (or occasional user) you no doubt are aware of the many ways in which you can enjoy your favorite herb. For most of us, we stick to what we know best. Good, old-fashioned and dependable joints, pipes and bubblers.

But what if we told you there was a better way?

Although not nearly as well-known or mainstream, dry herb vaporizers are quickly gaining traction among the cannabis community, and with good reason. A dry herb vaporizer is a relative newcomer to the cannabis scene, but is one that brings with it a number of unique qualities and an experience that simply cannot be replicated through traditional “smoking” apparatus such as water pipes.

What is a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

A dry herb vaporizer is a device used to consume dry herb, flowers or bud. As the name suggests, it is used to vaporize the herb vs. burning it. These vaporizers heat the herb to a temperature at which the active compounds within vaporize, making them readily available to inhale.

Dry herb vaporizers may come in pen, box or desktop versions, each of which has their own best use cases and features. For example, a dry herb pen is great for “on the go” use, whereas a desktop dry herb vaporizer is perfect for sharing with friends or for long vaping sessions at home.

How Does a Dry Herb Vaporizer Work?

Dry herb vaporizers are battery-powered devices that utilize heat from an internal atomizer and coil to heat up herb. They are usually turned on by way of a button that triggers the heating up of the coil to the optimal temperature, after when you inhale similar to how you would with any other smoking device.

The herb is heated to a point at which it vaporizes terpenes, cannabinoids, THC and other active compounds, all without any smoke, ash, tar or other off-flavors. As such, the experience is often richer, purer, and more flavorful.

Some devices are Bluetooth enabled, coming with apps that can be used to track usage, battery life, adjust the temperature and more.

Why Make the Switch to a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

1. Temperature Control and Safety

When smoking herb you have little to no control over the temperature in your bowel or joint. This lack of control not only results in harsh off-flavors, but it can also be detrimental to your health. Smoke of any kind, yes, even from herb, is full of carcinogens, tar and toxic compounds from the fuel in your torch or lighter. Vaping, on the other hand, eliminates these from the experience altogether. Vaping also results in vapor that is cooler and thus easier on those with sensitive lungs.

2. Purer Unadulterated Flavor and Aroma

Combustion smoking such as with bongs and other smoking devices burn up a lot of the terpenes and active ingredients. This, combined with smoke and ash, results in an impure and less flavorful experience.

3. A More Intense Experience

Burning herb does release many of the active compounds in your herb, but it also burns some of them up. For example, smoking can result in as little as 25% of actives such as CBD, THC and other cannabinoids being converted into a breathable form that your body can process.

By contrast, a vaporizer allows you to fine-tune temperature control to optimal levels, resulting in a more concentrated vapor packed full of all those compounds that give your herb its magical properties. This is especially useful for those who use legal cannabis for medicinal reasons.
4. Portable and Highly Discreet

Not only are dry herb vaporizers portable and discreet, the aroma is less potent and noticeable. Smoking herb leaves wafts of smoke floating in the air, and a distinctly skunky cannabis smell that lingers in your clothes and hair. Vaping, by contrast, is much less noticeable, with the scent dissipating quickly. In fact, someone could be vaping herb a few feet away and you might not even notice.

A Brief Look as Some of the Best Dry Herb Vaporizers

G Pen Herb Vaporizer1. The G Pen Nova LXE 

Innovative technology and an enhanced user experience make the G Pen Nova LXE stand out.

Featuring:

  • Full ceramic atomizer design
  • Impressively balanced heat distribution
  • Engineered to prevent clogging and sticking
  • Powerful 650mAh battery
  • Temperature customization

 

K Stick

2. Kandypens K-Stick Supreme 

Portability, convenience and superior performance are what the Kandypens K-Stick Supreme pen is all about.

Featuring:

  • Compact and sleek design
  • Smart locking mechanism percent accidental battery engaging
  • Innovative funnel atomizer design reduces risk of spill or leakage
  • Ceramic lined chamber

G Pen Pro

3. G Pen Pro 

Compact, light and highly durable, the G Pen Pro packs a punch at home or on the go.

Featuring:

  • Durable and light aluminum outer body
  • Removable mouthpiece
  • Removable silicone cover for ease of cleaning
  • Ceramic internal heating chamber

 

Pulsar APX 2

4. Pulsar APX 2 Vaporizer

Having made waves as one of the most technologically advanced vapes, the APX 2 Vaporizer is one of the most impressive units on the market.

Featuring:

  • Advanced portability
  • Brilliant design
  • Upgraded vapor path and mouthpiece
  • 5 pre-set heat settings
  • LED indicators
  • Incredibly fast 30-sec heat up time
  • Ceramic herb chamber

Ready to Make the Switch to your Own Dry Herb Vaporizer?

Although consuming herb by any means can be an enjoyable experience, adding a dry herb vaporizer to your collection is something worth considering. Check out the Vape Pen collection from Hemper.co to find something you like. The purity and intensity of the experience, coupled with reduced health risks and discretion make dry herb vaporizers a winner in our book.

Fun With Fire: Blowing Glass At The Champs Trade Show In Las Vegas

NEVADA: Every cannabis connoisseur appreciates the value of good glassware.  Whether you were looking for classic beaker bongs, fancy bubblers, chillums, stones,  spoons, steamrollers, Gandolfs or Sherlocks — The Champs Show in Las Vegas had just the right pipe, plus lots of rolling papers, hemp wraps, rolling trays, vapes and novelties.

Ryan Salem Smoke House Distribution

Ryan Salem Smoke House Distribution

Fun with fire.  The highlight of the event for this reporter was the live glassblowing happening in workstations located throughout the vast Las Vegas Convention Center floor.  There is just something awesome about watching these talented folks spin their magic creations from the flames.

Here are just a few of the featured artists showing off their glass blowing chops, captured by Marijuana Channel One:

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