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After meeting in closed executive session, the public portion of the caucus meeting was cancelled after the Board was unexpectedly unable to achieve quorum.
An otherwise routine post-holiday week includes the next step in a methodical push to encourage the WSLCB to distribute responsibility for generation of traceability identifiers.
The Board hosts a public hearing on the Vapor Products rulemaking project and technical minds planned to recommend a different approach to generation of traceability identifiers.
The State Board of Health voted to adopt emergency rules implementing a prohibition on the sale and distribution of nicotine and cannabis vapor products containing vitamin E acetate.
It’s an unusually busy week with four legislative committee work sessions, more emergency rulemaking by the State Board of Health, and a WSLCB work group on top of regular meetings.
A new Voluntary Compliance Program work group convenes, Cannabis Penalties progresses, and emergency action to ban vitamin E acetate in vapor products seems likely.
The WSLCB has a thin slate of public meetings this week and throughout November, however substantial discussion will likely occur at this morning’s Traceability 2.0 external work group.
The WSLCB convenes its cannabis potency tax work group to review BOTEC’s feasibility study and hosts a listen and learn forum on revisions to the AVN penalty matrix.
On Wednesday, an uncharacteristic Special Board Meeting has been called to adopt potentially five new emergency rules to implement the “flavored vapor products” prohibition.
The WSLCB planned to undertake emergency rulemaking in response to the Washington State Board of Health emergency rulemaking banning “flavored vapor products.”