The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is the primary adult use cannabis regulatory authority in the State of Washington. The executive agency, which also regulates alcohol, tobacco, and vapor products in Washington state, is overseen by a three member board appointed by the Governor to six-year terms. The Board holds regular public meetings and work sessions with stakeholders, makes policy and budget decisions, and adjudicates contested license applications and enforcement actions on licensees. Board members are also responsible for hiring the agency's Director, who manages day-to-day operations.
Agency leadership discussed messaging for Cannabis 2.0, vapor products, hemp/CBD, and traceability while learning the latest numbers from the licensing division.
The WSLCB planned to undertake emergency rulemaking in response to the Washington State Board of Health emergency rulemaking banning “flavored vapor products.”
A NEW “PROHIBITION” on “flavored vapor products” was adopted by the State Board of Health in compliance with Governor Jay Inslee’s mandate creating unknowable economic and public health impacts.
The Board heard the latest information on the vaping-related public health scare and Washington state’s response in preparation for emergency rulemaking.
The Washington State Board of Health planned to adopt emergency rules prohibiting the sale of “flavored vapor products” including “marijuana-infused extracts or marijuana concentrates for inhalation.”
The Board approved proposed rules for vapor products and heard testimony calling for increased opportunities for African Americans in the 502 market.
The Board prepared to hasten new vapor product rules along towards implementation and learned rulemaking would be restarted to consider canopy adjustments for Tier 1 producers.
On Wednesday, WSLCB will propose changes to vapor product rules in the wake of Governor Inslee’s executive order “ADDRESSING THE VAPING USE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.”
The agency gathered feedback on the expansive rewrite of rules covering administrative violation notices (AVNs) required by SB 5318, the Enforcement reorganization bill.
The Director briefed on the agency’s request legislation and the vaping-related health scare, which includes a new lawsuit in Pierce County filed against six cannabis product manufacturers.