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Washington State to Hold Session on Unregulated Cannabinoids

Questions surround the legality and possible health impacts of the new products.

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On June 21, 2022, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) will hold a discussion on Delta 8 and other unregulated cannabinoids.

The public and the cannabis industry are invited to help shape future policy and rules related to how LCB and state law will define what are "impairing" and "non-impairing" THC compounds and cannabinoids.

Since early 2021, new unregulated cannabinoid products that may be "impairing" (other than delta-9 THC) started being sold online and in stores across the nation. According to LCB, the sales raise questions about the legality and possible health impacts of the new products, being sold without age-restriction or regulation.

A year ago, the LCB Board issued Policy Statement Number PS-21-01 about THC compounds. In January 2022, the board adopted a new rule section, WAC 314-55-560 that allows the board to evaluate additives, solvents, ingredients or compounds used in the production of cannabis products.

During the 2022 legislative session, bills introduced to address concerns about the regulation of these emerging products did not advance to passage. The LCB continues to gather information to inform future policy and rule development within the agency’s current statutory authority.

For the fifth panel discussion on cannabis plant chemistry, LCB asked a diverse group of professionals with experience in cannabis regulation and oversight. While the LCB is still in the process of assembling the panel, it has confirmed Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH (Bia), Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) and Affiliate Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems & Population Health.

Additional panelists may be added and LCB’s policy and rules manager, Kathy Hoffman, will moderate the session.

The session will begin with information on the topic, introductions and discussion goals and expectations. According to the agenda, the event will include an interactive question and answer session to allow participants and listeners to ask the panelists questions.

The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and participants don't need to pre-register. Here is a link to join the meeting:

To dial in, call 564-999-2000, ID# 997 767 537#

Feedback and questions can be sent in advance to [email protected].

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