Washington State Cannabis Vape Regulatory Update
Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee has signed a bill into law, placing restrictions on cannabis vaping flavors and emphasizing product ingredient transparency.
The Washington State legislature passed HB 2826 during the March legislative session, but it had sat awaiting the governor’s signature. Now the bill becomes immediately enforceable.
The new regulatory language will require that any flavor that is used in cannabis vapor products consist of botanical terpenes, replicate the terpene profile and taste of cannabis and are only comprised of terpenes naturally found in the cannabis plant. True Terpenes, a local terpene blend manufacturing company offers a line of all-natural terpene strain profiles that suited for these new requirements.
The bill is the latest in a long road of vapor product regulations in Washington State and across the country. Originally the Washington State Board of Health voted to institute a 120-day long ban on flavors and non-cannabis ingredients in October following an outbreak of what the CDC has termed “e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).” The cause of the illness was unknown, but the CDC has now acknowledged that Vitamin E Acetate is the key driver of the outbreak and not flavoring or terpenes. That ban expired on February 8 and it had been allowable to use all flavors in cannabis products since then.
“While we don’t always agree with the science behind the development of regional vaping laws and regulations, we can all agree that as long as consumer safety as at the core, we’ll continue to steer our customers in the proper legal direction and do our part in making sure their business can thrive within these new parameters. Even if it means sharing our recipes,” said True Terpenes President and CEO Chris Campagna.
Processors will be required to submit their ingredient lists and amounts used to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB). Furthermore the WSLCB now has explicit authority to further determine that any flavor, device or additive, solvent or ingredient currently allowed may be banned if found to be a risk to public health or youth access.
This new bill is designed to reduce issues with vaping safety. Reach out to your sales representative for more information.
True Terpenes is committed to consumer safety and quality and is currently the only third-party audited and certified ISO 9001:2015, FSSC 22000 and GMP terpene blend manufacturer in the world.