PRESS RELEASE - The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board adopted emergency rules Oct. 16 that are consistent with the directives of Executive Order 19-03, dated Sept. 27, 2019. On Oct. 10, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health followed by issuing emergency rules that prohibited the sale of flavored vapor products by persons licensed under chapter 69.50 or 70.345 RCW.
To carry out the directive established by EO 19-03 and State Board of Health emergency rules, the emergency rules require two actions by licensees.
1. Marijuana licensees must 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.
Because the outbreak of lung disease is occurring now and growing, the immediate adoption of rules requiring disclosure of compounds and other substances added to marijuana concentrates for inhalation or marijuana-infused extracts for inhalation are necessary for the preservation of public health, safety and general welfare by assisting public health officials in isolating the compounds and products that may be connected to the recent outbreak of lung disease.
2. Executive Order 19-03 orders and directs the Board to provide consumer warnings by requiring that warning signs regarding the posting of warning signs regarding the health risks of vaping at retailers where vapor products containing THC are sold. The Board worked with the industry representatives and marijuana licensees to develop these warning signs.
This emergency rule requires licensed marijuana retailers to conspicuously post a warning sign provided by the Board regarding the health risks of vapor products where vapor products, as defined by WAC 246-80-010(12), are sold. The sign may be downloaded from the Liquor and Cannabis Board website here.
Note: please note that this sign is different than the sign provided earlier. The Board action aligns all signs within the marijuana and vapor/tobacco marketplaces
This notice can be found at lcb.wa.gov/laws/laws-and-rules.