WSLCB Virtual Listen and Learn Forum Session #2: Rules Regarding Marijuana Vapor Products

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting two Listen and Learn forums to consider establishing new and amending existing sections of rule concerning marijuana definitions and marijuana vapor products. This is the second of two planned sessions. The full text of the draft conceptual rules are provided here.

For this session, we are discussing only draft conceptual rule sections 314-55-550 to implement House Bill 2826 pertaining to marijuana vapor products, and the Marijuana Vapor Product Disclosure Form. The Disclosure Form is provided here.

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. via WebEx.

**Attendees wishing to provide feedback are encouraged to participate early in the meeting, as the meeting may end early dependent on level of participation.**

Background
On March 25, 2020, HB 2826 passed the legislature in response to concerns related to marijuana vapor product and vapor related lung illnesses. The bill contained an emergency clause, and in its intent section, found that “recent reports of lung illnesses associated with vapor products” demanded “serious attention by the state in the interest of protecting public health and preventing youth access.

HB 2826 provides that the Board may adopt rules prohibiting any type of marijuana vapor product device, or prohibit the use of any type of additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound in the production and processing of marijuana products, including marijuana vapor products. However, before adopting either of these types of rules, the Board must have determined, following a consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), or any other authority the Board deems appropriate, the device, additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound may pose a risk to public health or youth access.

HB 2826 authorizes the Board to require marijuana processors to submit, under oath, to the Department of Health, a complete list of all constituent substances and the amount and sources of all constituent substances in each marijuana vapor product. HB 2826 also provides that Board may adopt rules prohibiting the use of a characterizing flavor in marijuana vapor products.

Rules are needed to implement the provisions of HB 2826, and to establish definitions for terms including, but not limited to “characterizing flavor,” botanical terpenes,” and others.

The Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry filed by the Liquor and Cannabis Board may be found here.

Meeting Details
An agenda is attached. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this rule section.

If you wish to participate virtually, we’d like to offer the following reminders:

  • Virtual participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time through a hand-raising feature on WebEx.
  • If you experience difficulty with audio or visual elements of virtual participation, please be patient.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and there are not yet any proposed or final rules amendments. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Casey Schaufler at casey.schaufler@lcb.wa.gov

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WASHINGTON: Virtual Listen And Learn Forum Session #1: Rules Regarding Marijuana Definitions And Vapor Products

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting two Listen and Learn forums to consider establishing new and amending existing sections of rule concerning marijuana definitions and marijuana vapor products. This is the first of two planned sessions. The full text of the draft conceptual rules are provided here.

For this session, we are discussing only draft conceptual rule sections 314-55-010(4) and (40) to implement House Bill 2826 pertaining to marijuana vapor products.

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. via WebEx.

Background
On March 25, 2020, HB 2826 passed the legislature in response to concerns related to marijuana vapor product and vapor related lung illnesses. The bill contained an emergency clause, and in its intent section, found that “recent reports of lung illnesses associated with vapor products” demanded “serious attention by the state in the interest of protecting public health and preventing youth access.

HB 2826 provides that the Board may adopt rules prohibiting any type of marijuana vapor product device, or prohibit the use of any type of additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound in the production and processing of marijuana products, including marijuana vapor products. However, before adopting either of these types of rules, the Board must have determined, following a consultation with the Department of Health (DOH), or any other authority the Board deems appropriate, the device, additive, solvent, ingredient, or compound may pose a risk to public health or youth access.

HB 2826 authorizes the Board to require marijuana processors to submit, under oath, to the Department of Health, a complete list of all constituent substances and the amount and sources of all constituent substances in each marijuana vapor product. HB 2826 also provides that Board may adopt rules prohibiting the use of a characterizing flavor in marijuana vapor products.

Rules are needed to implement the provisions of HB 2826, and to establish definitions for terms including, but not limited to “characterizing flavor,” botanical terpenes,” and others.

The Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry filed by the Liquor and Cannabis Board may be found here.

Meeting Details
An agenda is attached. Please come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions regarding this rule section.

If you wish to participate virtually, we’d like to offer the following reminders:

  • Virtual participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time through a hand-raising feature on WebEx.
  • If you experience difficulty with audio or visual elements of virtual participation, please be patient.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and there are not yet any proposed or final rules amendments. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

Questions? Contact Casey Schaufler at casey.schaufler@lcb.wa.gov

To join the WebEx meeting online:
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Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Issues Second Amended Quarantine Order for Vaporizer Products

Cannabis Control Commission Issues Second Amended Quarantine Order for Vaporizer Products

Following the agency’s three-phased testing and public comment period, licensees may retest and release, or destroy quarantined products subject to order requirements

MASSACHUSETTS:The Cannabis Control Commission (Commission) has issued a Second Amended Quarantine Order Applying to Vaporizer Products following three phases of testing and a public comment period which examined conditions that could allow for the retest and sale of vaporizer products that were previously quarantined since December. Under the second amended order, licensees may retest and release—or destroy—certain products with enhanced warning labels, depending on testing and remediation outcomes, and compliance with Commission regulations and policies. The order emphasizes that measured, transparent testing mitigates, but does not eliminate, all public health risks posed by quarantined vaporizer products.

This latest action modifies previous Commission quarantine orders issued in November and December 2019 and related investigative findings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that identified vitamin E acetate (VEA) as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product-use associated lung injury (EVALI). On December 12, 2019, the Commission issued the First Amended Quarantine Order authorizing licensees to sell newly manufactured vaporizer products, but requiring that more than 600,000 vaporizer products manufactured before December 12, 2019 remain subject to quarantine.

“Since the Commonwealth declared a vaping public health emergency last fall, the Commission has dedicated significant energy and resources to investigating the additives, hardware, and storage practices that licensees use to produce and sell cannabis vaporizer products,” Commission Executive Director Shawn Collins said. “Fortunately, repeat tests of licensed product samples did not return any detectable levels of VEA; unfortunately, they did establish that heavy metal contamination may increase in vaping products over time.

“This new order seeks to strike a balance between those products that can be retested or remediated safely for sale or repurposing with proper warning to patients and consumers, and those that cannot. As the nation continues to learn more about the broader health implications of vaping in all forms, I urge patients and consumers to understand the risks when they choose to consume any cannabis vaporizer product.”

The Commission’s regulations require all marijuana products to undergo contaminant testing, including testing for heavy metals, by an Independent Testing Laboratory accredited to the International Organization for Standardization 17025 (ISO/IEC 17025: 2017) and in accordance with the Commission’s Protocol for Sampling and Analysis of Finished Medical Marijuana Products and Marijuana-infused Products.

Under the second amended order, previously quarantined products may be:

  • Disposed. Licensees may voluntarily dispose of previously quarantined vaping products at any time, subject to Commission disposal regulations.
    • Production batches that previously failed both Commission-initiated tests for heavy metals shall be deemed unable to be remediated and face mandatory disposal, if, after two attempts at remediation, the product does not pass testing for heavy metals. Respondents may dispose of such products voluntarily or upon receiving an order of destruction from the Commission.
  • Retested and Released. Previously quarantined products may be made available for sale if they are first retested and deemed compliant with the Commission’s regulations and policies, subject to conditions specified in the order.
  • Reclaimed. Previously quarantined products may also be repurposed into other products using the reclaimed marijuana oil, although any new product manufactured with that oil must undergo testing and include a statement indicating to the patient or consumer that the product was manufactured with previously quarantined material.

If, after two attempts at remediation, retested or reclaimed products do not pass testing for heavy metals, they will be considered unable to be remediated and must be disposed. Vaporizer products with original testing dates in excess of one year are considered expired and may not be dispensed, sold, transferred or otherwise conveyed until another screen for all contaminants, excluding pesticides, is conducted. In accordance with Commission regulations, licensees must notify the agency of any vaporizer product test result exceeding acceptable levels for heavy metals and describe the method for remediation or disposal.

The second amended order also specifies labeling requirements for all vaporizer products sold by licensees in the Commonwealth, including, but not limited to those products that are retested or reclaimed in accordance with the second amended order:

  • Labels on previously vaporized products that pass retesting and are made available for sale must disclose, “This product was previously quarantined. Passed retesting for heavy metals and Vitamin E Acetate. Store at room temperature.”
  • Labels on previously vaporized products that have their marijuana concentrate reclaimed for other marijuana products must disclose, “This product was produced using previously quarantined concentrate. Passed retesting for heavy metals and Vitamin E Acetate. Store at room temperature.”

Retailers and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MTCs) must include in the sale of vaporizer products a disclosure that the patient or consumer may request to inspect a copy of the product’s associated testing results. Disposable and reusable vaporizer pens also must include a product insert that identifies the materials used in the device’s atomizer coil. Any quarantined vaping product that is resold also must include the item’s original packaging date.

The Commission has mandated that Marijuana Product Manufacturers retain certain records pertaining to marijuana vaporizer ingredients, additives, devices, component parts, or other materials purchased from any manufacturer or supplier; the name and business address of the manufacturer of any cartridge, battery, atomizer coil (and its materials used), hardware, or other component of marijuana vaporizer products; and the Certificate of Analysis for each thickening agent, thinning agent, and terpene infused or incorporated into a marijuana vaporizer device during production.

Starting last December, the Commission conducted three phases of testing into vaporizer products manufactured and sold by licensees. Results are available on the Commission’s website under MassCannabisControl.Com/Documents.

The Commission’s first two testing phases investigated VEA and heavy metal (lead) levels in samples of vaporizer products collected from geographically diverse locations. Phase III involved confirmatory tests of certain products that failed for heavy metal concentrations above the acceptable limits for inhalation (500 ppb), and found varying results, to suggest that heavy metal contamination may increase over time. Testing limitations identified during the investigation included limited sampling scope, product batch homogeneity, inconsistent extraction procedures for testing finished cartridge samples, and lack of known sources of metal contamination. VEA has not been detected in any Commission-initiated testing.

After testing methods precluded reliable results, the Commission determined further investigation and collaboration was necessary before issuing a second amended order pertaining to the quarantined vaping products. A survey was issued on July 2, 2020 to obtain public comment from government, industry, scientific, and public health stakeholders, among other constituents, including patients and consumers, to help identify the root cause of the heavy metal contamination, the health effects of elevated lead levels, and whether heavy metal content within vaporizer products could become more prominent without use over time or post-use. The survey closed on July 14, 2020 and public comments are currently available on the Commission’s website under MassCannabisControl.Com/Documents.

The Commission continues to research and evaluate information relative to vaporizer device product manufacturing processes and safety standards in furtherance of its obligation to ensure a safely regulated industry.

Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board Issues Emergency License Suspension For Smoking Exodus in Port Orchard

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Friday issued an emergency suspension for Smoking Exodus, a vapor product retailer, after an investigation found multiple violations of their state licenses and violations of state and federal drug laws. The suspension is for the licensee listed below:

Smoking Exodus:1382 SE Lund Avenue, Suite 150, Port Orchard, WA 98366

The suspension covers the licensee’s Cigarette, Tobacco, and Vapor Product Retailer license, and comes after an investigation by the WSLCB including multiple complaints and onsite visits. The violations included manufacturing vapor products without the required license, having alcohol on the premises, living in the premises, and the presence of drug paraphernalia which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The license will remain suspended for a period of 180 days, during which the WSLCB will pursue permanent revocation due to the aggravating circumstances of the case.

The WSLCB educates licensees to reach compliance and enforces Washington’s liquor, cannabis and tobacco laws and regulations. The WSLCB is mandated to ensure that licensees in Washington State follow state laws and regulations. When licensees fail to comply with state law the Board, under state authority can take action including the issuance of suspensions to ensure public health and safety.

Emergency suspensions represent an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power and the WSLCB is mandated to ensure that an emergency suspension is reasonable, justifiable and legal. This is the first Board-issued emergency suspension of 2020.

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.

Washington: December 1, Deadline for Marijuana Vapor Product Ingredient Disclosure Forms

WASHINGTON: WSLCB issues reminder of December 1, Deadline for Marijuana Vapor Product Ingredient Disclosure Forms.

Thank you to processors who have already submitted their vapor product ingredient disclosure forms to the LCB.

For those who have not yet submitted, please note that 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.

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

 

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.

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.

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