Oklahoma: Approved 2009 Legislation May Impact Cigar Retailers

One provision of SB608 of great concern to the IPCPR and the Cigar Association of America (CAA) alludes to the fact that retailers may no longer be allowed to purchase cigars and other non-cigarette premium tobaccos from out-of-state vendors and manufacturers and directly shipped to their shops. I say “allude” for that provision within the bill is not clearly stated.

As the bill progressed through the legislature, we were assured the bill intent was not to prohibit retail members from acting as their own wholesalers, purchasing from out-of-state vendors. Unfortunately, the approved bill’s language is convoluted regarding that point.

As the legislature has adjourned for the year, we cannot amend the current statute. The IPCPR, working with one of its Oklahoma City retailers, and the CAA are working with the Department of Revenue and other key parties to find a viable, legal solution to allow retailers to continue as usual, acting as their own wholesalers until the problem may be addressed from a legislative angle.

The new regulations were set to take effect January 1, but have not yet been implemented by the Department of Revenue, demonstrating they too may have concerns.

We will keep you posted on our progress to a solution.

– Chris McCalla, Legislative Director, IPCPR

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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