March 18 WSLCB Board Meeting Cancelled, Quality Control Testing Hearing Postponed

WASHINGTON: The public hearing for Quality Control Testing rules is currently on the March 18, 2020 Board agenda.

Given COVID-19 concerns, the Board voted yesterday to cancel tomorrow’s Board meeting, and continue this public hearing until the next scheduled Board meeting at 10 a.m. on April 1, 2020.

Kathy Hoffman, Policy and Rules coordinator, will file an updated CR 102 with the Code Reviser confirming this change.

Other rule-making items that were tentatively scheduled during tomorrow’s cancelled meeting (CR 102 for Alternating Proprietorships for Distilleries and Craft Distilleries; Supplemental CR 102 for Special Occasion Licenses Rules Review) have also been postponed.

Please contact katherine.hoffman@lcb.wa.gov with questions regarding rule-making timelines.

Washington Department Of Health & WSLCB Request Cesession Of Sales Of Vapor Products With Vitamin E Acetate

wslcbTo:       Cannabis Licensees

Fr:        Liquor and Cannabis Board

Re:       Ban on Vapor Products Containing Vitamin E Acetate;

            Implementation of Recall Procedures; and

            Deadline for Product Disclosure

Ban on Vitamin E Acetate

Following a presentation on recent severe lung injury findings from the Department of Health, the Washington State Board of Health today banned the sale and distribution of products that contain vitamin E acetate. This ban is effective this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board, together with the Department of Health, recently requested that licensed cannabis processors voluntarily cease production of vapor products containing vitamin E acetate. Per today’s State Board of Health action, the ban on production and distribution is now mandatory.

Per WAC 314-55-225 (3) (b), immediately invoke your recall plan for any vapor products containing vitamin E acetate. All products available for retail sale are required to have documentation available that lists ingredients. If unclear, please contact the processor from whom you purchased the vapor product.

December 1, Deadline for Marijuana Vapor Product Ingredient Disclosure Forms

The deadline for all processor licensees to submit the vapor product ingredient disclosure forms to the LCB is December 1, 2019. The emergency rules filed Oct. 16, 2019 require cannabis processors to disclose all compounds, including but not limited to ingredients, solvents, additives, preservatives, thickening agents, terpenes and other substances used to produce or added to marijuana concentrates for inhalation or marijuana-infused extracts for inhalation at any point during production and processing, regardless of source and origin. All processors, regardless of whether or not they produce vapor products, must return the form.

  • The disclosure form can be found here. Please follow the instructions within the document and submit to mjdisclosureform@lcb.wa.gov.
  • For tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the disclosure form click here.

Findings

While it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with vaping-associated lung injury, these findings do not rule out other possible compounds or ingredients that may be causing these lung injuries. There may be more than one cause of this outbreak.

The LCB remains in close contact with health officials. We will continue to communicate with you as appropriate. Thank you for your attention to this important public health mater.

WSLCB Changes Reporting Requirements In Response To Leaf Traceability System Disruptions

WASHINGTON: The Liquor and Cannabis Board this week took action to address challenges faced by cannabis licensees following the most recent software changes to the Leaf Traceability System.

It is the Board’s intent to provide some reporting flexibility to facilitate licensees’ ability to comply with state laws and regulations in light of the challenges created by the changes to the system.

In Board Interim Policy (13-2019), signed July 23, 2019 and effective immediately, the Board eased certain traceability reporting requirements for licensees.

The Board is committed to working with licensees, labs, and integrators to ensure their business operations can be maintained without compromising public health and safety. As such, effective immediately, the LCB will allow licensees, labs, and integrators flexibility to develop workarounds to problems directly associated with the lab test data and manifest information that remain unresolved by recent fixes to the System. These workarounds may vary from the lab test and manifest standards delineated in WAC 314-55-102 and WAC 314-55-085 to the extent necessary and so long as the workarounds continue to meet the following four conditions.

  1. Report Workarounds. Any workaround adopted by licensee or integrator must be reported to the LCB prior to use. A dedicated email address is provided for that requirement.
  2. Maintain Traceability. All labs, licensees, and integrators must maintain records ensuring all product is traced from producers to retail sales.
  3. Maintain Test Accuracy. Any traceability workaround must not compromise or misrepresent true test results of products involved in Quality Assurance (QA) testing.
  4. Maintain Product Safety. All products must maintain accurate packaging, labeling and all pesticide requirements.

For a complete list of Board Interim Policies, please visit the Liquor and Cannabis Board website at lcb.wa.gov.

Washington: WSLCB Notice Of Rulemaking – Mandatory Marijuana Signage


WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input on the following proposed rules. Following the comment period, the board will hold at least one public hearing before the rules are adopted.

wslcbProposed rule making (CR-102)   Mandatory Marijuana Signage

Individual notices can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules under Proposed Rules.

Public Comment
Please forward your comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, e-mail, or fax by the date/s indicated below. Please be sure to indicate the rulemaking you are commenting on in the subject line.

Rules Coordinator 
Liquor and Cannabis Board 
P.O. Box 43080
Olympia, WA 98504-3080

Email: rules@lcb.wa.gov

Fax: (360) 664-9689

Public Hearing Location
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Board Room
3000 Pacific Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98504