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Old 02-12-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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In an effort to safeguard the interest of Altra and other large cigarette manufactures, Virginia law makers are working on legislation that would classify certain retailers as manufactures. All that would be required is that a seller sell roll your own type products and can make available to their customers the equipment for them to roll their own cigarettes. Keep in mind that these retailers do not themselves manufacture cigarettes or any thing else for that matter. Imagine a retailer who sells you flour and baking soda so that you can bake you own bread. Now imagine a law requiring this retailer to adhere to all the laws and regulations that govern Wonder Bread. Sound ridiculous, but this is exactly what is happening.

You may not see how this affects you, the non smoker. Consider that once this monkey is out of the cage, the next banana grab may be something dear to you. Might home beer and wine makers be next? Where does it stop? If nothing else, what about fair play!

Personally, I have no aversion to large tobacco companies. They make a legal product available to a willing cliental. But I canít be silent as I see government enlisted to clear the playing field of competition on their behalf. It is unfair to these small business people that have invested so much. It is also unfair to the consumer. To say the least, it is un-American. It should not be the business of our elected officials to rid us of the small businesses that dare to compete with the big guys.

If this becomes law, then anyone who sells anything that can be made into something else is at risk of at some point being classed as a manufacture. Why not, the ground work will have been laid.
Please contact your representatives and tell them no to House Bill HB 314 and the Senate equivalent SB 74.
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