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FEDS outlaw commercial cigarette rolling machines
07-12-2012, 06:03 PM,
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RE: FEDS outlaw commercial cigarette rolling machines
http://www.suntimes.com/business/13589276-420/roll-your-own-cigarette-stores-going-up-in-smoke.html

That was the article linked to Drudge.

Quote:State and local governments have been trying to close the loophole as well, with Cook County raising taxes on RYO cigs in March and Illinois increasing the taxes on them last month, when the state sharply raised taxes on all tobacco products to help fund Medicaid. Starting Aug. 1, cigarettes made by RYO machines in Illinois stores will be taxed the same amount as company-manufactured cigarettes, and retail owners of the machines have to get a machine-operator license.

“It doesn’t matter where the cigarettes were rolled,” said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue. “It matters that you walk out of the store with a pack of cigarettes.”

While referring to Illinois, still, if other states require a license, then so much for that loophole. Now, if they tax them as a manufacturer, they will still be taxed, no matter where they are rolled. Maybe it will matter who rolls them, maybe "rent the machine" for usage or something, but again, if the law requires a license for machine operation...
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RE: FEDS outlaw commercial cigarette rolling machines - Anarchist - 07-12-2012, 06:03 PM

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