PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Friday approved a six-month ban on the sale of flavored vape products amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened more than 1,000 people nationwide – and killed two in Oregon.
The board made the unanimous decision before a room packed with marijuana processors, distillers and other business interests, some of whom criticized the action as overly broad and reactive. It will go into effect on Oct. 15.
Earlier this month Gov. Kate Brown had ordered the temporary ban. Several other states, including Washington, New York, Michigan and Rhode Island, have also imposed temporary bans.
The illnesses first appeared in March, with symptoms including shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Most who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the marijuana ingredient that causes a high, but some said they vaped only nicotine.
The Oregon Health Authority had asked Brown for broader six-month ban on sale and display of all vaping products, including tobacco, nicotine and cannabis. The agency also urged Oregonians to stop using all vaping products until federal and state officials have determined the cause of the illnesses.
The Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association had said it was very grateful the governor did not decide to implement a complete ban on cannabis vaping products, like Massachusetts did