TILT Holdings’ Jupiter Research Announces Partnership With The Blinc Group

Collaboration to Include Bespoke Vape Products and Partnership on Vaporization Regulatory and Compliance Legislation

MASSACHUSETTS:  TILT Holdings Inc., a foundational technology cannabis platform comprised of assets to support brands worldwide, announced that its subsidiary Jupiter Research has partnered with The Blinc Group to offer bespoke vaporization devices to its clients as well as collaborate on industry innovations, cannabis vaping regulatory and compliance issues.

“Jupiter has always taken pride in being at the forefront of innovation,” said Mark Scatterday, interim CEO at TILT and Founder/CEO of Jupiter.  “As the market continues to grow we are excited to announce our partnership with The Blinc Group, enabling bespoke solutions for our clients and leveraging their expertise when it comes to vaporization regulatory and legal compliance legislation.”

Blinc’s Co-Founder and CEO Arnaud Dumas de Rauly is the Chairman of the International ISO committee on Vaping Standards, Chairman of the European CEN Committee on Vapor Products, former President of FIVAPE in the EU, and a renowned expert in inhalation technology, regulations, manufacturing and distribution.

“We look forward to working closely with Jupiter and bringing additional value and expertise to their extensive network of clients,” said Mr. Dumas de Rauly. “I am excited to see what the future of cannabis vaping landscape holds when two companies like Jupiter and Blinc work closely together to help shape the new standards and set an example for regulatory compliance as a whole.”

In addition to working on bespoke products together for key clients, Jupiter plans to leverage Blinc’s extensive quality control, regulatory and compliance expertise to remain at the forefront of vaporization legislation, ensuring safe and compliant consumption across the United States and internationally.

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ended its ‘state of emergency’ general public advisory against vaping, due to the sharp decline in e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury cases being reported. The focus and scope of efforts to address the unregulated businesses and unlicensed storefronts is still an important factor in maintaining safety in the industry. The Blinc and Jupiter partnership represents an opportunity to accelerate and foster industry innovation and collaboration beyond vaporization.

OLCC Affirms Authority To Prohibit Marijuana Adulterants, Ban Vitamin E Acetate From Marijuana Vapes

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OREGON: At its monthly meeting on November 21, 2019, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission affirmed the OLCC’s existing authority to ban adulterants, such as Vitamin E acetate, from inclusion in marijuana products.  The Commission also approved eight marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Public health investigators with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified Vitamin E acetate as a potential culprit in the national vaping respiratory illness outbreak.  Forty-two people, including two in Oregon, have died from the illness.  More than 2,100 individuals have been afflicted with the lung injury, including 18 Oregonians.

Previously the OLCC had not expressly allowed or banned Vitamin E acetate from being mixed into marijuana vaping products.  Ingredients for marijuana products are already screened as part of the OLCC’s packaging and labeling pre-approval process.  The Commission’s action supports both the public health finding and the agency’s ability to ban Vitamin E acetate.

“We’re making it clear that to protect consumer health we will vigorously scrutinize what goes into marijuana products sold in Oregon’s legal marketplace,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director.  “The Commission is taking steps with our regulatory partners to put in place additional consumer safeguards.  Just this week we discussed with the legislature establishing a state-run reference lab so that regulators can test marijuana products in an effort to better protect consumers.”

Under Oregon law, the OLCC can prohibit recreational marijuana licensees from selling a marijuana item that contains “injurious or adulterated” ingredients. See ORS 475B.232(2) for reference.

Under existing OLCC administrative rules “adulterated” is defined to mean in part “a foreign, inferior, poisonous or deleterious ingredient or substance that renders the marijuana item injurious to health.  See OAR 845-025-1015(2) for reference.  Based upon the CDC finding, the OLCC has determined that Vitamin E acetate is an adulterant.

Vitamin E acetate may continue to be included in non-inhaled marijuana products, such as lotions and edibles, so long as its introduction into those products meets all other OLCC requirements.

The Commission approved the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions, license surrenders, or marijuana worker permit surrender based on stipulated settlements:

Deshe’ in Gladstone will pay a fine of $4,950 and serve a 15-day marijuana retailer license suspension or serve a 45-day license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Emily Lumachi, President/Director/Stockholder; Jeremy Lumachi, Secretary/Director /Stockholder; Shane Hutchins, Director/Stockholder; Alan Hutchins, Director/Stockholder.

Decibel Farms* will pay a fine of $1,485 or serve a nine-day marijuana producer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Decibel Farms, Inc.; Shawn Bishop, President; Horace Wilson, Secretary

4-Twenty Market in Eugene will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license for two violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Seed Soil Sun, LLC; Kevin Blum, Member.

Gold River Botanicals in Rogue River will pay a fine of $6,600 or serve a 40-day marijuana retailer license suspension for two violations.

Licensees are: Gold River Botanicals, LLC; Richard Porta, Member; Norma Porta, Member

Top Hill Cannabis* will pay a fine of $6,105 or serve a 37-day marijuana producer license suspension for five violations.

Licensees are: Top Hill Cannabis, LLC; Loni Schaffer, Member; Robert Schaffer, Member

Sweet Leaf Cannabis in Eugene will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license for six violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Sweet Leaf Cannabis of Eugene, LLC; Jeremy Wheeler, Member

Sweet Leaf Cannabis in Springfield will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license for seven violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Sweet Leaf Cannabis LLC; Jeremy Wheeler, Member

Heavy Lids will surrender its recreational marijuana producer license for nine violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Heavy Lids, LLC; Jeremy Wheeler, Member

 

OHA, OLCC Ban Flavored Vaping Sales, Including Online

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OREGON: The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission today filed temporary rules that put into effect Gov. Kate Brown’s Oct. 4 executive order banning all flavored vaping product sales in the state.

The temporary rules, which will remain in effect for six months starting Oct. 15, prohibit the sale of all flavored vaping products—including online sales—to consumers in Oregon.

The ban covers all tobacco and cannabis (marijuana and hemp) vaping products that contain natural or artificial flavors including, but not limited to, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, menthol, mint, wintergreen, vanilla, honey, coconut, licorice, nuts, fruit, any candy, dessert, alcoholic or non‐alcoholic beverage, herb or spice. Tobacco‐flavored tobacco or nicotine products, as well as marijuana‐flavored marijuana or THC products that use only marijuana‐derived flavorings, including terpenes, are not included in the ban.

Retailers found violating the temporary rules will receive a warning letter and recommendations on coming into compliance. Continued violations could result in civil penalties of up to $500 per day, per violation. In addition, cannabis. In addition, cannabis retailers or processors could face violations up to and including cancellation of their license. Additional components of vaping products could be banned in the future. The Governor’s executive order directs OHA and OLCC to “take immediate action and adopt additional emergency rules” to prohibit any chemical or contaminant found to have caused or contributed to vaping‐associated lung injuries being investigated in Oregon and 48 other states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are nine cases of this illness in Oregon, including two deaths. OHA and OLCC officials say the temporary rules filed today are significant steps toward stemming the well‐documented tide of e‐cigarette use and vaping by youth, as well as keeping products that may expose people to unsafe chemicals and other contaminants off store shelves. Among Oregon high school students who use e‐cigarettes exclusively, nearly 90% use flavored e‐cigarette products, OHA found.

And there is strong evidence that e-cigarettes increase youth nicotine addiction and increase the risk that youth will start using combustible tobacco such as cigarettes. “We have been warning Oregonians about the health effects of these products before this current outbreak of serious lung injury added more evidence of the dangers of vaping,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist. “These rules stop the sale of a potentially dangerous product, and they’re part of a comprehensive approach to curbing youth vaping and additional cases of vaping‐associated lung injuries.”

He points to additional directives in the Governor’s executive order that call on OHA and OLCC to develop consumer warnings for THC and non‐THC products; expand easy access to FDA‐approved cessation resources; implement a statewide prevention and education campaign; and submit legislative proposals with long‐ term solutions to reduce public health harms from vaping.

The temporary rules affect not only OLCC recreational marijuana licensed retailers and processors, but also alcohol licensees that sell nicotine vaping products, including retailers that sell beer and wine, bars and taverns, and liquor store agents. The OLCC said the flavor ban is just the latest step in its evolution from focusing on public safety to an agency with an equivalent focus on consumer protection. Through increased review of products sold in the OLCC‐licensed retail market and the development of testing capacity, the OLCC will continue to work to refine consumer product disclosure.

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“This Commission is working very hard to ensure the cannabis industry can grow, thrive and compete in the Oregon marketplace,” said Paul Rosenbaum, chair of the OLCC. “We are doing so with a clear focus on the integrity of the marketplace for businesses, consumers and public safety. However, it is our overwhelming responsibility to protect public health and our consumers from undue risk. This agency’s rapid and nimble action to implement the Governor’s executive order is exactly why regulated cannabis will always be a superior consumer choice over illegal markets.” Additional rules were filed earlier this week. On Wednesday, OHA filed temporary rules that require health care providers to report hospitalizations and deaths due to “vaping‐associated lung injury.” Physicians have long had to report “uncommon illness of potential public health significance,” but the new rules are intended to reduce confusion by specifically naming this new lung illness as reportable by Oregon law to public health agencies. Due to the ongoing investigation of vaping‐associated lung injuries, OHA health officials continue to recommend people stop vaping immediately.

Those experiencing symptoms of the illnesses, such as shortness of breath, cough or chest pain should immediately seek medical attention. Those needing help quitting vaping cannabis and nicotine can take advantage of a variety of cessation services, including the Oregon Quit Line, Truth Initiative, Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Helpline, and SAMHSA’s National Helpline.

OLCC To Host Special Commission Meeting To Address Vape Rules

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OREGON: Special Commission Meeting Friday October 11, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Roll Call RULES – Staff presentation of the issues and Commissioners discussion and decision of vaping rules. (Danica Hibpshman and Kelly Routt)

Friday, October 11, 2019

11:30 a.m.

AGENDA

Staff presentation of the issues and 
Commissioners discussion and decision of vaping rules.

OLCC Commisioners:

Chairman Paul Rosenbaum
Jennifer Currin
Kiauna Floyd
Michael Harper
Matthew Maletis
Hugh Palcic
Marvin Révoal

Commission Meeting Calendar

Vape Co. CEO: Trump’s Trade War Will Stifle The Cannabis Industry

The 25% increase in tariffs impact on vaping & cannabis

NEW YORK:  Today, The Blinc Group’s Co-CEO,  Arnaud Dumas de Rauly,  is testifying at The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) public hearings regarding proposed tariffs on approximately $16 billion worth of Chinese products.

These proposed tariffs increases – including HTS No. 8543709930 and HTS No. 8543709940 related to vapor product devices, batteries intended for use in vaping devices, and pre filled pods and cartridges – will do great harm to American businesses, medical marijuana patients and adult use consumers while doing nothing to empower American companies to manufacture these products themselves.

The current administration’s trade war raged against China will:

  1. Reduce access to reduced risk vapor products and therapeutic cannabis products to American citizens,

  2. Not bring back jobs to America,

  3. Cut current medical marijuana and adult use States tax revenues by over 25%,

“Increasing tariffs may have worked 20 years ago, when US manufacturing was at its highest, but given the current economy, it is a major mistake to believe that this will bring jobs back to American citizens,” said Dumas de Rauly. 

With regards to taxes, “The State of Colorado has collected over $247M in Cannabis tax revenue in 2017. Considering that over the same period, cannabis vaping products comprised 25% of sales volumes, the loss of taxes due to non-availability of the products, would represent $61.75M, which represents the cost of educating 10,445 students. Yes ladies and gentlemen, this revenue is used to fund education, regulation, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.”

For access to the full pre-hearing testimony of The Blinc Group, please click here.

The Blinc Group Enters Into Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Headies For Florida

Headies will have exclusive access to Puffmen’s portfolio for Florida

NEW YORK: The Blinc Group today announced that its customer in the vaping distribution industry, Headies Smoke Shops, has signed an agreement with Puffmen, to be the exclusive distributor in the State of Florida for its nicotine and cannabis vaping portfolio. Recognized as one of a top 10 retail smoke shop operator in Florida, as well as one of Florida’s fastest growing distributors, Headies has an in depth understanding of the local markets through actively connecting vapers with high-end innovative products for the past 4 years.

The Blinc Group enters into exclusive distribution agreement with Headies for Florida

The Blinc Group enters into exclusive distribution agreement with Headies for Florida

Access to the quality, depth and innovation of the remarkable vapor products represented by Puffmen, enables us to elevate our overall offering and position on the Florida market. We enter this partnership with absolute certainty in its’ success and back up this statement with a significant 7 figure commitment to The Blinc Group,” said Roberto Tolentino, CEO of Headies Smoke Shops.

“As adoption of vaping technology scales within the cannabis industry, the need for on the ground support and face to face education is an imperative to guiding and improving the end user experience. That is why Puffmen is constantly on the lookout for up and coming players across all local markets and Headies certainly is a bright star when it comes to the State of Florida. We’re committed to supporting Headies in this undertaking and look forward to many years of successful growth together,” said Sasha Aksenov, CEO, The Blinc Group.

The Blinc Group’s Arnaud Dumas de Rauly Chairs 2 International Vape Standards Committees

NEW YORK: The Blinc Group, a distribution-centric incubator/accelerator of vapor technologies announces that its Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, has been appointed as Chair of the ISO/TC126/SC3 as well as Chair of the CEN/TC437 vapor product standards committees.

ISO/TC126/SC3 relates to the standardization of terminology, test methods and product information for vapor products. The committee includes the following workgroups:

  1. ISO/TC 126/SC 3/WG 1: “Determination of substances in e-liquids”
  2. ISO/TC 126/SC 3/WG 2: “Routine analytical vaping machine
  3. ISO/TC 126/SC 3/WG 3: “Analytical methods for the testing of emissions of vapor products”

CEN/TC437 is responsible for the development of European Standards for electronic cigarettes, e-liquids and emissions, including all products and services related to the vaping industry in the European market.

As a board member of FIVAPE, the French vaping trade association, Arnaud has been involved through AFNOR in creating the world’s first official quality standards for electronic cigarettes and e-liquid in April 2015.

Sasha Aksenov, Co-CEO of the The Blinc Group said, “In both the nicotine vaping and cannabis vaping markets, the need for standards is mandatory for consumer safety but also very important with regards to current and upcoming regulations. We are very happy to have Arnaud spearheading these efforts on the international level as his expertise and experience with vaping products is paramount to The Blinc Group’s members, partners and products for staying one step ahead when it comes to innovation.”