After the massive reports of deaths and injuries due to vaping, state governments have been leading the charge of getting these dangerous products off store shelves. New York, Massachusettes, California, Rhode Island, and Michigan have all issued executive orders to stop the sale of flavored vape products. Now, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington announced he will do the same. In a statement, the Governor said he will be directing state health officials to ban all flavored vape products, including THC pods.
The executive order released last week will call on the state board of health to impose the ban during their next meeting on October 9th. In his executive order, he also asked the Liquor and Cannabis Board to take action, immediately. He asked the board to make a list of warning signs of lung disease for people to watch out for as well. In a press release, Inslee said: “This executive order will help save lives, prevent disease and ensure a healthier Washington for all of us.” The executive order says the ban will continue until the cause of the lung injury outbreak is identified, then products that contain these causes will be banned in the state.
So far, Washington is only the second state to mention THC products. States like California, are only targeting “counterfeit” products. This would make the Washington ban one of the most strict bans in the country so far. However, this is not a permanent solution. The Health Board only has the power to enact the ban for 120 days, with the option to extend. To remedy this, the governor also asked the board to draft a legislative proposal to ban flavored vape products in 2020.
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