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Kind Leaf Responds to the Oregon Court of Appeals Blocking the State’s Ban on Flavored Cannabis Vape Cartridges

With the death toll reaching 42 and more than 2,100 serious illnesses reported, contaminated vape cartridges have rocked the cannabis and vaping industries. After Oregon first confirmed deaths and illnesses in the state, Pendleton’s Kind Leaf took the proactive approach of pulling vape cartridges that contained artificial ingredients, or couldn’t prove all-natural ingredients, off of their shelves.

Opinions may vary and I respect differences of opinions, but I personally applaud Kind Leaf’s decision and am glad that the company’s Director of Operations, Erin Purchase, has been appointed to the state commission looking into the matter. Oregon Governor Kate Brown eventually announced a temporary ban on flavored cannabis vape cartridges, but that directive was just temporarily blocked by the Oregon Court of Appeals. What happens now is anyone’s guess, but we can probably expect the Oregon Legislature to take up the issue and for formal rulemaking to take place next year.

Speaking for myself only, it seems to me that the state should be looking into the additive vitamin E acetate first and foremost since it seems to be a prime suspect. I’m also concerned about any and all non-cannabis additives and think that, at the bare minimum, every ingredient should be labeled so consumers can make informed decisions.

Once again, Kind Leaf is demonstrating real leadership on the this issue and is working with others in the industry to put consumer safety at the forefront. Kind Leaf CEO and founder Brandon Krenzler released the following statement:

We have received clarification from our regulatory agencies on what Vape pens are currently allowed on retail shelves in Oregon, after this stay on the governors blanket ban by the Oregon court of appeals.

After this information, we will begin to work with our vending partners to be provided detailed information about their products and any utilized additives. We will use this information to best make the decision as to whether or not their products are of high enough quality to be on the shelves at Kind Leaf, we are making the request that producers list each individual ingredient on their label.

We will maintain our position of a highest priority to customer care and safety. Many companies have already expressed interest in disclosing their additives on the label.

I sincerely applaud Kind Leaf’s stance on cannabis vape cartridges and hope that processors and others in the industry join them in placing the health of customers, many of whom are sick patients with compromised immune systems, ahead of simply making profits. The cannabis industry still has an opportunity to be different than other industries that have gone completely corporate and place the financial interests of shareholders over the wellbeing of our communities. Kind Leaf is certainly helping lead the way.

 

Kind Leaf Leads the Way on Keeping Consumers Safe

Responding to tragic deaths across the United States, including two in Oregon, along with many reported illnesses, Kind Leaf made the decision back in September to be the first cannabis dispensary only carry cannabis vape cartridges with natural ingredients, before any government action took place. The death toll has unfortunately climbed to 37 and reported illnesses are now reaching close to 2,000 across the country.

It is true leadership to put consumer safety over temporary profits, but that is just what Kind Leaf, one of Oregon’s premier cannabis retailers, did. It is even more impressive considering that the Pendleton store is a true, mom-and-pop shop, not backed by out-of-state or out-of-country investors or corporate interests.

Cannabis legalization has ended unnecessary arrests and citations in Oregon while creating thousands of jobs for our residents and generating millions of revenue for the state, but more testing and labeling regulations are needed regarding additives to cannabis oil cartridges. While the state of Oregon took several steps forward, first asking retailers to review products on their shelves and to remove any products that may have concerns about, before finally announcing a temporary ban on flavored cartridges and establishing a workgroup to look at the issue, Kind Leaf  lead the way and did not wait for government regulators, or anyone else, to act.

Kind Leaf Pendleton removed 68 vape cartridges from 15 different brands because they contain additives that aren’t specifically listed as ingredients. While more information is needed, tests of vape cartridges suspected to be the cause of some illnesses have found vitamin E acetate, used by some companies as a thickener, to be a prime culprit. Currently, vitamin E acetate and other potentially harmful additives aren’t required to be tested for or labeled under state guidelines. The cause of these frightening illnesses is still unknown and there could be multiple causes.

“We take our responsibility to provide safe cannabis and cannabis products very seriously,” stated Erin Purchase, Kind Leaf’s director of operations. “Consumers should know what they are ingesting and potentially fatal additives should not be allowed to taint an otherwise safe product. We believe that it is common sense to put people before profits and will work with regulators and businesses to ensure that Oregon’s cannabis program is as safe as possible for all Oregonians.”

Thankfully, Kind Leaf’s own Erin Purchase has been appointed to serve on Oregon’s Vaping Health Public Workgroup. Erin will rely upon her knowledge of Complementary Alternative Medicine, her experience in the cannabis industry, as well as her passion for consumer rights and safety, to advise the state to the best of her ability. It is great that the state is taking this issue seriously and has chosen someone with her heart and mind in the right place to help the state develop safer industry regulations.

Kind Leaf Director Selected for OLCC & Governors Work Group

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 19-09 , on October 4, 2019, directing state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as other sources or additives as they are identified in cases of vaping-related lung injury or death.

Executive Order 19-09 calls for a 180-day ban on all flavored vaping products under the emergency rule making authority of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

In addition to the temporary ban, the executive order calls for state agencies to develop plans within 90 days regarding:

• Consumer warnings about the dangers of vaping
• Ingredient disclosure for vaping products
• Testing of vaping products to determine product safety
• Improving health care provider reporting of vaping-related lung
injuries to OHA
• Increasing access to FDA-approved cessation services and
methods
• Establishing a statewide prevention and education campaign
aimed at discouraging the use of vaping products

Executive Order 19-09 also convenes a Vaping Public Health Workgroup to advise the Governor and state agencies, examine the evidence about the causes and effects of vaping-related lung injuries, and collect feedback and input about the vaping public health crisis. Read more information about the Vaping Public Heal… .

The workgroup’s membership will consist of public health experts, Representatives from the Governor’s office, the Oregon Legislature, OHA, the Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture, and OLCC; as well as members from law enforcement, the Association of Oregon Counties, and public stakeholders, a representative of the cannabis industry as well as the vaping business community.

The workgroup will participate in a series of closed door meetings to discuss policy recommendations for Oregon lawmakers to consider and implement. The OLCC is hoping to use this meeting to discuss thge proposed botanical terpene exemption process, discuss other additives (MCT, PG, vitamin E), and develop an evolving dialogue covering the concerns about the vaping illnesses associated with legal purchases in the Oregon cannabis market. 

Erin Purchase

Erin Purchase, Director of Operations of Kind Leaf Pendleton has been invited to participate in the Governor’s Work group. She will lean on her background in Complimentary Alternative Medicine, her long-term experience in the cannabis industry as well as her passion for consumer rights and safety.

Erin was recently featured in numerous media articles focused on the actions taken by Kind Leaf Pendleton in light of the alarming news about two Oregonians passing away from vaping related illnesses. After this news, Kind Leaf founders removed all vape pens with non-cannabis ingredients from the shelves and began questioning the sources for the non-cannabis ingredients from the producers across Oregon.

The Willamette Week reached out Erin about her reasons, here is what was said, “But Erin Purchase, director of operations for the dispensary Kind Leaf Pendleton, says she pulled 15 vape cartridge brands off her shelves because she doesn’t know what’s in them. She says stores only receive a blanket label reading ‘natural and artificial flavors.’ The retailer does not even have access to the ‘proprietary’ ingredients or the methods behind the extraction done by the processor,” Purchase says.” Read More

Erin has the intention and expectation to be a voice of reason, resting directly in between law makers and vape pen businesses, advocating for consumer safety standards.

Further reading:
OLCC & OHA Action
Executive Order 19-09
Governor’s Action

#BeKind


Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588
http://www.kindleafpendleton.com

OHA, OLCC file rules banning flavored vaping sales, including online

Rules put into effect Governor’s executive order aimed at reducing youth use

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission today filed temporary rules that put into effect Gov. Kate Brown’s Oct. 4 executive order banning all flavored vaping product sales in the state.

The temporary rules, which will remain in effect for six months starting Oct. 15, prohibit the sale of all flavored vaping products—including online sales—to consumers in Oregon. The ban covers all tobacco and cannabis (marijuana and hemp) vaping products that contain natural or artificial flavors including, but not limited to, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, menthol, mint, wintergreen, vanilla, honey, coconut, licorice, nuts, fruit, any candy, dessert, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, herb or spice.

Tobacco-flavored tobacco or nicotine products, as well as marijuana-flavored marijuana or THC products that use only marijuana-derived flavorings, including terpenes, are not included in the ban. 

Retailers found violating the temporary rules will receive a warning letter and recommendations on coming into compliance. Continued violations could result in civil penalties of up to $500 per day, per violation. In addition, cannabis. In addition, cannabis retailers or processors could face violations up to and including cancellation of their license.

Additional components of vaping products could be banned in the future. The Governor’s executive order directs OHA and OLCC to “take immediate action and adopt additional emergency rules” to prohibit any chemical or contaminant found to have caused or contributed to vaping-associated lung injuries being investigated in Oregon and 48 other states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are nine cases of this illness in Oregon, including two deaths.

OHA and OLCC officials say the temporary rules filed today are significant steps toward stemming the well-documented tide of e-cigarette use and vaping by youth, as well as keeping products that may expose people to unsafe chemicals and other contaminants off store shelves.

Among Oregon high school students who use e-cigarettes exclusively, nearly 90% use flavored e-cigarette products, OHA found. And there is strong evidence that e-cigarettes increase youth nicotine addiction and increase the risk that youth will start using combustible tobacco such as cigarettes.

“We have been warning Oregonians about the health effects of these products before this current outbreak of serious lung injury added more evidence of the dangers of vaping,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist. “These rules stop the sale of a potentially dangerous product, and they’re part of a comprehensive approach to curbing youth vaping and additional cases of vaping-associated lung injuries.”

He points to additional directives in the Governor’s executive order that call on OHA and OLCC to develop consumer warnings for THC and non-THC products; expand easy access to FDA-approved cessation resources; implement a statewide prevention and education campaign; and submit legislative proposals with long-term solutions to reduce public health harms from vaping.

The temporary rules affect not only OLCCrecreational marijuana licensed retailers and processors, but also alcohol licensees that sell nicotine vaping products, including retailers that sell beer and wine, bars and taverns, and liquor store agents.

The OLCC said the flavor ban is just the latest step in its evolution from focusing on public safety to an agency with an equivalent focus on consumer protection. Through increased review of products sold in the OLCC-licensed retail market and the development of testing capacity, the OLCC will continue to work to refine consumer product disclosure.

“This Commission is working very hard to ensure the cannabis industry can grow, thrive and compete in the Oregon marketplace,” said Paul Rosenbaum, chair of the OLCC. “We are doing so with a clear focus on the integrity of the marketplace for businesses, consumers and public safety. However, it is our overwhelming responsibility to protect public health and our consumers from undue risk. This agency’s rapid and nimble action to implement the Governor’s executive order is exactly why regulated cannabis will always be a superior consumer choice over illegal markets.”

Additional rules were filed earlier this week. On Wednesday, OHA filed temporary rules that require health care providers to report hospitalizations and deaths due to “vaping-associated lung injury.” Physicians have long had to report “uncommon illness of potential public health significance,” but the new rules are intended to reduce confusion by specifically naming this new lung illness as reportable by Oregon law to public health agencies.

Due to the ongoing investigation of vaping-associated lung injuries, OHA health officials continue to recommend people stop vaping immediately. Those experiencing symptoms of the illnesses, such as shortness of breath, cough or chest pain should immediately seek medical attention.

Those needing help quitting vaping cannabis and nicotine can take advantage of a variety of cessation services, including the Oregon Quit Line, Truth Initiative, Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Helpline, and SAMHSA’s National Helpline. Information is available at healthoregon.org/vaping.

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For additional information, contact:

Mark Pettinger at 503-872-5115
Spokesperson – Recreational Marijuana Program
mark.pettinger@oregon.gov

Oregon Governor Issues 180-Day Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

NEWS RELEASE

October 4, 2019

Media Contact:

Charles Boyle, 503-931-7773

Governor Brown Issues Temporary Ban on Flavored Vaping Products, Convenes Vaping Public Health Workgroup

(Salem, OR) — Today, to address the growing public health threat of the vaping-related illness that has resulted in two deaths in Oregon and over a thousand cases of lung injury nationwide, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 19-09, directing state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as other sources or additives as they are identified in cases of vaping-related lung injury or death.

“My first priority is to safeguard the health of all Oregonians,” said Governor Brown. “By keeping potentially unsafe products off of store shelves and out of the hands of Oregon’s children and youth, we prevent exposing more people to potentially dangerous chemical compounds, and help lessen the chance of further tragedy for any other Oregon family.

“I want to be clear though: the safest option for Oregonians right now is to not use vaping products of any kind. Until we know more about what is causing this illness, please, do not vape. Encourage your friends and family members to stop vaping immediately. Talk to your children about the dangers of vaping. The risks are far too high.” E-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco products used by Oregon’s youth, with 23 percent of Oregon 11th graders reporting using an e-cigarette in 2019, up from 13 percent in 2017.

Governor Brown also called on the federal government to act to address vaping-related illness. “This order will help protect Oregon households in the short term, but federal action is long overdue to address this national public health crisis,” said Gov. Brown. “It’s time for the FDA to regulate flavored vaping products and other additives for what they are: products that are addictive, dangerous, and targeted squarely at our youth.”

The best-available evidence from state and federal public health experts indicates that certain ingredients and compounds contained in flavored vaping products and additives have been found in cases of vaping-related lung injury and death.

The order calls for a 180-day ban on all flavored vaping products under the emergency rulemaking authority of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). The order also directs state agencies to develop legislative proposals for long-term solutions for consideration by the Legislature.

Oregon Vape Cartridge featuring Creamsicle flavoring.

In addition to the temporary ban, the executive order calls for state agencies to develop plans within 90 days regarding:

  • Consumer warnings about the dangers of vaping
  • Ingredient disclosure for vaping products
  • Testing of vaping products to determine product safety
  • Improving health care provider reporting of vaping-related lung injuries to OHA
  • Increasing access to FDA-approved cessation services and methods
  • Establishing a statewide prevention and education campaign aimed at discouraging the use of vaping products

Executive Order 19-09 also convenes a Vaping Public Health Workgroup to advise the Governor and state agencies, examine the evidence about the causes and effects of vaping-related lung injuries, and collect stakeholder feedback and input about the vaping public health crisis. Read more information about the Vaping Public Health Workgroup.

The workgroup’s membership will consist of public health experts, including health professionals in epidemiology, pulmonology, emergency medicine, and pediatrics; Oregon’s State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist; representatives from the Governor’s office, the Oregon Legislature, OHA, the Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture, and OLCC; as well as members from law enforcement, the Association of Oregon Counties, and public stakeholders, including from the cannabis industry and the vaping business community. As more information about the causes of vaping-related injury and death emerges, the workgroup will make policy recommendations for lawmakers to consider and implement.

For further background, see Governor Brown’s September 26 statement on vaping-related lung injuries and fatalities and the full text of OHA’s public health warning about vaping products.
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Kind Leaf Pendleton made national news recently for being the first dispensary in the nation to take action amidst the news of spreading Vape related illnesses and deaths. Kind Leaf removed all vaping products that contained any non-cannabis additives or agents.

‘Erin Purchase, director of operations for the dispensary Kind Leaf Pendleton, says she pulled 15 vape cartridge brands off her shelves because she doesn’t know what’s in them. She says stores only receive a blanket label reading “natural and artificial flavors.’

‘The retailer does not even have access to the ‘proprietary’ ingredients or the methods behind the extraction done by the processor,’ Purchase says.”

Read More:
https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/09/11/the-cannabis-shopkeepers-selling-vape-cartridges-dont-know-whats-inside-them/