Bill Passed by Massachusetts House Would Allow Police to Seize Cars from Vapers who Possess DIY or Black Market E-Liquids

But You Can Drive With Marijuana or Cartons of Marlboros in Your Car To Your Heart's ContentJacob Sullum, a senior editor atReason, has revealed a striking set of provisions in thebill (H4183) passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday. These provisions would allow the police to seize your vehicle if you possess any DIY or black market e-liquids in your car.The relevant provision in the bill reads as follows:" When the commissioner or a police officer discovers an untaxed electronic nicotine delivery system in the possession of a person who is not a licensed or commissioner-authorized electronic nicotine delivery system distributor, the commissioner or police officer may seize and take possession of the electronic nicotine delivery systems and any vending machine or other receptacle including, but not limited to, a motor vehicle, boat or airplane in which the electronic nicotine delivery systems are contained or transported. "Because a DIY e-liquid or a black market e-liquid would meet the definition of an " untaxed electronic nicotine delivery system, " possessing either in your car would make your vehicle subject to seizure. Moreover, if you merely possess a DIY or black market e-liquid (in any location), you are subject to a potential $5,000 fine for the first offense and up to $25,000 for subsequent offenses.Youth are also subject to the penalties in H4183. So if a youth were caught possessing a black market CBD, THC, or nic...
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Publishers The Fix opioid crisis Source Type: blogs
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after the Republican governor signed a bill Wednesday that responds to recent deaths linked to e-cigarettes and attempts to reduce their appeal to young people. Anti-smoking groups hailed the ban signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, which outlaws the sale of flavored vaping products immediately and of menthol cigarettes starting June 1, 2020. Some states have temporarily banned or restricted flavored tobacco or vaping products to different degrees, but Massachusetts is the first state wit...
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