WSLCB Continues Emergency Vape Regulations For Washington Licensees

 

January 23, 2020

Dear Cannabis Licensee,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the national outbreak of vaping-associated lung injury has waned. We would like to update you on the emergency rules passed by the State Board of Health, and other issues of importance to cannabis licensees. Below you will find information about what to expect and what continues to be required.

  • The State Board of Health emergency rule temporarily banning flavored vapor products remains in effect through February 7, 2020. On February 8, 2020, retailers may legally sell flavored vapor products.
  • As of February 8, 2020, you no longer are required to post the warning sign about the severe lung injury.
  • The State Board of Health emergency rule temporarily banning vapor products with vitamin E acetate remains in effect until March 19,
  • The Board is expected to withdraw all LCB flavored-vapor-product rules that are tied to the State Board of Health rules.
  • Marijuana Vapor Product Ingredient Disclosure forms are still required to be submitted by all producer/processor and processor licensees for each vapor product. For more information, see the Links to Required Documents box on our Vapor and Public Health

Important: please note that the Washington State Legislature is currently in session and considering bills regarding the regulation of vapor products, including Governor-requested legislation to ban vitamin E acetate and all flavorings, except tobacco flavoring, in non-THC vapor products. We encourage you to follow the legislative action this session.

We appreciate your cooperation throughout the vaping-associated lung injury investigation and other changes impacting marijuana license holders.

 

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 

WSLCB Issues Ban On Sale Of Flavored Vapor Products

To:         Cannabis Licensees

Fr:          Liquor and Cannabis Board

Re:         Sale of Flavored Vapor Products is Prohibited –  Effective Oct. 10, 2019 

This message is to follow up today’s Washington State Board of Health meeting where the Board of Health took action on Gov. Inslee’s Executive Order 19-03: Addressing the Vaping Use Public Health Crisis. It instituted emergency rules that direct action on Oct. 10, 2019, by both cannabis licensees and vapor product licensees. The Board of Health’s rules are available here in draft form. The only changes made were to WAC 246-80-030 regarding reporting requirements of cases to the Health Department. This change is Health-specific and not does pertain to regulated cannabis businesses.

 

Background

As you know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of vape-associated lung injury associated with the use of both regulated and illicit vapor products. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a single cause, but all reported cases have a history of using vapor products. Most patients with severe lung disease have reported a history of using vapor products containing THC. Some have reported the use of vapor products containing only nicotine.

Executive Order

On Sept. 27, 2019, Gov. Inslee issued Executive Order 19-03. This order directs the Liquor and Cannabis (LCB) and the Department of Health (Health) to immediately take certain actions to protect public health.

Those actions are reflected below as numbers 1 and 3. In addition, the agencies are directed to work together to draft legislative proposals to bring tighter regulation to the non-cannabis vapor industry.

Four actions have come forward that licensees and the LCB can do now while public health officials conduct their investigation:

  1. Signage. Prominently post this warning sign in retail locations. This required sign is co-branded with the Washington State Department of Health. A Spanish version, also available, may be posted as an additional sign.
  2. Clarify rule regarding additives on packaging and labeling. There is some confusion among industry members that certain additives, like terpenes, imported CBD, and other cannabinoids do not need to be disclosed on packaging. Current rules require all product components on packaging (WAC 314-55-105).
  3. Disclose to LCB all compounds (including ingredients, solvents, additives, etc.) used in the production and processing of products that are vaped and vaping devices themselves. Public health officials have requested assistance in gathering additional information about ingredients in vapor products.
  4.  Cooperate with the ongoing epidemiological investigation. Local, state and federal health agencies are looking into which products have been involved with Washington cases of disease. We ask for your cooperation if you are contacted by someone from a state or federal epidemiology team and/or a representative from your local health jurisdiction.

Action Directed Today

The sale of flavored vapor products by cannabis licensees is prohibited – effective Oct. 10, 2019. The definition of flavored vapor products is available in the Board of Health’s posted draft rules (linked above).

  1. The LCB directs processors to immediately cease sales of flavored vapor products.
  2. The LCB directs retailers to immediately cease sales of flavored vapor products.

The LCB is consulting with affected state agencies and will follow up soon with options for returning or destroying product.

Thank You for Cooperation

We appreciate the cooperation and collaboration demonstrated by members of in the cannabis industry on this important public health crisis.

Additional Information

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Top Buying Trends In Vaporization 2018

By Tom Buckland

There has been a surge in the number of people vaping in the last few years. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that over 40 million people use electronic cigarettes. Since 2012, there has been a shift from tobacco to e-liquid. This is mainly because of the health problems associated with smoking that have become well-known, not to mention smokers find vaping cheaper than purchasing regular tobacco sticks.

Now in 2018, vaping is more popular than ever and with popularity come trends.

Here are some of the biggest vaping trends of the year:

Better Mods

One of the biggest trends we’ve seen this year has come from the rapid growth of mods.  They are relatively new to the vape scene but their ability for customizing the experience has been a major factor to this.

2018 has seen better and more efficient mods available on the market. The batteries have gotten bigger, giving vapers longer usage from their devices. The mods have also been developed to be more compatible with these batteries, as well as the varying sizes of tanks and coils. This all ties back into the customization point.

In particular, one of the biggest winners of 2018 in terms of mods are Juuls. They have become so popular that the phrase ‘Juuling’ has become part of the culture.  According to Bloomberg, the company responsible for their creation, Juul Labs, is now worth over $15 billion. Considering it has only been a year since it split from its parent company, Pax Labs, the speed of growth is incredible.

Juuling has got so big that according to Wells Fargo, over 70% of all US e-cigarettes are Juuls. But all this popularity has not gone unnoticed, and in some ways not for the better. A lot of Juul users are young people. There have been arguments that Juuls are creating more of a problem because, instead of vaping being used as a method to quit smoking, young people are using it as a way to start. Of course, with moderation and regulation, this can be prevented.

Cloud chasing is on the rise

One of the biggest draws of vaping comes from the ability to create clouds that look awesome. It’s a skill that brings together a who different side of the community, some of which don’t even have a nicotine concentration. These people just vape for the fun of it. With the rise of cloud chasing has seen the increase of VG content in the make-up of e-liquid.

Compared to most of the other substances that create vape clouds, VG produces some of the thickest around. This is because VG, or vegetable glycerine for its full name, is responsible for distributing the nicotine and flavorings in the solution before it vaporizes.

Higher VG content also gives vapers a less intense feeling on the throat when inhaling, boosting its popularity. As such, the more that people are seeking to perform vaping tricks, the more that VG is wanted, so companies are using it more in their products. You are now likely to find most e-liquids with a VG/PG ratio of around 70/30. In some cases, you’ll now find e-liquids that are 100% VG.

More nicotine salts

Another vaping trend of 2018 has been the rapid increase in the use of nicotine salts. These work differently to the regular way of extracting nicotine, where ammonia is used to separate the nicotine from the salts of tobacco leaves. Nicotine salts, on the other hand, do not require any harmful chemicals to extract the nicotine. Instead, the salts are being directly extracted from the leaves themselves. Ammonia is a well-known carcinogen so avoiding its use in the extraction process is a huge win for vaping.

One of the biggest winners of the nicotine salt trend is, once again, the popular mod Juul, meaning that the biggest users are younger people. There are plenty of other advantages of using nicotine salts, such as their ease of use, their portability and above all else, they are a much healthier option. They’re also great for those that don’t like the feel of vape hitting the throat. Nicotine salts are a lot smoother than regular freebase nicotine e-liquids.

Finally, with the concentrations of nicotine less available in e-liquid due to TPD regulations, nicotine salts can provide a more satisfying hit.

Conclusion

These are four of the most popular vaping trends of 2018. With 2019 just around the corner, vaping is sure to grow even more. We are excited to see what the next biggest trends will be.

 

Study: Cannabis Inhalation Not Associated With COPD, Other Tobacco-Related Harms

UNITED KINGDOM: Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe.

Smoking vs Vaping Marijuana, Which Option Is Healthier?

With the many health risks that come with smoking, more and more people today are switching to vaping. Some of the common side effects of smoking include lung infection, throat infection and many other health risks. Thanks to technological advancements, vaporizers have made it possible for you to enjoy your marijuana or nicotine without worrying about all these risks.

Understanding Vaporizers

A vaporizer is an electronic device that mainly works by heating herbs at a specific temperature in an oven chamber. Heating these herbs indirectly makes it possible for the contents to vaporize without necessarily burning, hence producing a more luxurious and better punch as compared to smoking the same. The best thing with using a vaporizer is that the temperatures are highly controlled hence a very low risk of combustion. The controlled temperatures ensure only the active ingredients are vaporized hence reducing the risk of producing harmful chemicals which would have been produced if combustion took place. For this reason, you only get to inhale CBD, terpenes, and other cannabinoids from the herb.

Health Benefits of Vaping Marijuana

Vaping cannabis is relatively easy. All you need to do is grind the herb, place it into the heating chamber, heat it up, and then start inhaling. The benefits of using an herbal vaporizer outweigh smoking the herb. Some of the health benefits of vaping marijuana are outlined below.

1.    No Smoke Involved/Produced

Smoke is one of the health risks that come with smoking marijuana. The smoke produced affects other people (especially non-smokers) within the vicinity. This is one of the reasons many states and cities have tightened their laws on smoking cigarettes. According to research, more than 450,000 people in the United States die each year due to smoking. Vaporizers however only produce vapor (which is in gaseous form). The vapor is only delivered to the user, hence no risk of secondary smoking.

2.    Fewer Carcinogens

Carcinogens are mainly produced when combustion occurs, which under most instances is due to very high/uncontrolled temperatures. Any form of combustion on tobacco, for example, produces at least 4000 different types of chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer. Some of these carcinogens are due to the chain reaction triggered by the extreme temperatures. Vaporizers however operate on controlled temperatures, hence only vaporize the herb at temperatures a little lower than 440°F. With the temperature controlled, the risk of producing carcinogenic gasses, such as benzene is greatly reduced.

3.    It Is Easy On Your Lungs And Throat

Medical practitioners are among the biggest proponents of vaping.  Patients on a medical marijuana prescription are often advised to use vaporizers instead.  This is particularly important for individuals with throat and lung problems and individuals who cannot smoke. Although some people will turn to edibles, these aren’t as effective as inhaling the CBD vapor.  With the vapor smooth and easy on the lungs and throat, vaping is the best and viable option for most patients.

4.    Efficiency

As mentioned earlier, a good vaporizer only vaporizes the herb producing a high-quality CBD vapor. Vaporized at controlled temperatures (not too high), the quality of CBD produced is significantly much higher than if it was subjected to combustion temperatures. Smoking the herb only reduces the quality of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids, hence a less efficient way to deliver the same. With the best portable dry herb vape, the quality of vapor and contents inhaled is greatly improved. These vape pens are also highly efficient in producing a good quality and smooth punch.

Secondary Benefits of Vaping

Vaping is not only beneficial to your health but also presents many more advantages. Although most people will switch to the mighty vape simply for its health benefits, you should realize many more benefits as you continue vaping.  Outlined below are some of the real advantages of vaping medical marijuana as compared to smoking the same.

a.    Minimal Odor

The first thing you will notice with vaping is that very little or no odor is left once one is done vaping. This is unlike smoking where tons of smoke and smell linger around for much longer. One of the reasons behind this is that, very high temperatures are involved while smoking, which means the thick smoke created sticks around for longer and even clings to your body and clothes. Vaping, on the other hand, produces vapor in steam form, which is thinner and lighter. Vapor doesn’t have as strong a smell as smoke does.

b.    It’s Economical

It is more economical to vape than smoking in the long run. Although the initial cost of a starter pack may be a little high, this is just a one-off expense. Getting a refill for the same is relatively easy and cheap too. This is compared to a dab rig which costs more than $500. In addition to this, vape pen manufacturers give up to 1 year worth of warranty for their devices. All you have to do is keep the mighty vaporizer clean at all times

Vaping also ensures you get the most out of your herb. You can therefore enjoy one pinch of the herb severally before having to toss the remains. This is unlike smoking which gives you one try only. Smoking burns the entire contents leaving you with no option but buy more. You therefore end up spending more on marijuana than you would if using a vape pen.

c.    Quick Convenient Hit

Getting your daily dose of medical cannabis, especially if at an event, can be daunting at times. This however isn’t the case with vape pens. The mighty vaporizer makes it possible to take a hit or two quick enough without attracting any attention. In addition to this, vape pens are easy to carry and retrieve. This gives you a swift and convenient way to get your daily dose without having to fish out a lighter.

d.    It’s Discreet

Smoking is still a taboo in many parts of the country. Some people also don’t want their loved ones to know that they smoke. This applies to those on a prescription for medical marijuana. Some of the best portable dry herb vaporizers are small, light, and discreet enough. You also won’t need a lighter to take a hit with these.

e.    Richer Sensation

Vaping is very different from smoking. This is mainly because the vaporized herbs provide a smooth hit, and also gives you control over how much you wish to inhale. Such is particularly important for those looking or a richer sensation as well as those on a tight budget for the same.

  1. Better Flavor

Flavor is subjective in that; some people prefer the taste of smoking while many others don’t. Vaping makes it possible for you to enjoy/experience the full flavor of marijuana. Whatever herb you are into (lavender, marijuana, tobacco, etc.) the mighty vape will give you the actual flavor without tainting it.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the many reasons why should switch to vaping and ditch that cigarette lighter. Using a vaporizer not only increases your flavor range and satisfaction but also reduces the risk of consuming carcinogens.  It is the healthier and economical option too.

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.”

The Blinc Group Debuts X-Pro Series By Ultraflo

NEW YORK: The Blinc Group has launched its latest innovation in vape technology: the X-Pro Series – a revolutionary new heating element that heats only the oil you’re vaping, maintaining the flavor and quality of your oil down to the last drop.

Ultraflo: The most versatile & consistent vape cartridges

Ultraflo: The most versatile & consistent vape cartridges

The Ultraflo X-Pro Series cartridges, powered by a patent pending technology, are by design the most consistent and versatile on the market. While 99.9% of cartridges on the market today use a vertical coil system, which degrades your oil by constant reheating of the entire contents of the cart, the X-Pro Series gravity-fed bottom heating chamber only heats the oil you’re vaping, retaining the flavor and terpenes of the remaining oil for the most consistent vaping experience.

Ending the guessing game of intake hole size, the X-Pro Series eliminates the vertical post coil and uses gravity to feed the bottom ceramic heating chamber.  The X-Pro Series is the fruit of collaboration between The Blinc Group and Itsuwa Electron Co. Ltd. represents a major shift with regards to the consistency of the vaping experience. Keeping in mind future regulation and compliance, our teams have redefined standards by putting the X-Pro Series through a robust set of testing which includes heavy metal emissions and thermal degradation ” said Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, Co-CEO of The Blinc Group.

CannaKorp Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

MASSACHUSETTS: CannaKorp., the world’s first single-use, pod-based herbal vaporizer, announced today that it has opened its first crowdfunding campaign. This follows several successful fundraising rounds for the company, in which the company has raised over $7.5m.

Crowdfunding allows all of CannaKorp’s dedicated followers to participate in its funding and assist in its short-term launch goals.

The funds raised will be used for go-to-market activities including state-by-state rollout of the Wisp Herbal Vaporizing System, a home appliance that ensures the finest experience in converting natural botanical and beneficial herbal products into a vapor form, free of combustion, additives and without denaturing.

“We’re thrilled to open up our fundraising to the many interested investors that we’ve heard from,” said James Winokur, CannaKorp Co-Founder & CEO. “Our ‘Wellness Your Way’ platform, with the Wisp delivering a clean, convenient and consistent experience, has generated such tremendous feedback, we’re excited to offer an opportunity for the general public to join us on our journey.”

The first commercial launch of the Wisp system is expected to begin in April in Massachusetts and botanical herbal blend Wisp pods will be available nationally.