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Whole Leaf Tobacco & The Federal Laws Surrounding It.

The Laws For Buyers

A lot of us enjoy smoking cigars, kreteks, bidis, or any other hand-rolled tobacco product, and because of this, we should all familiarize ourselves with the federal law on it. It is important to keep in mind that the federal government treats whole-leaf tobacco differently than most other tobacco products, classifying them as agricultural products rather than tobacco products. You as the buyer should always stay up to date with these laws, considering federal laws are always subject to change.

The Laws For Retailers

Any time a retailer starts to sell tobacco or any of its by-products, they will need to get a Cigarette and Tobacco License. They will also be required to apply and submit a one-time fee for each location they have. More often than not this license is required to be renewed annually.

Here are some other laws that are good to know for retailers:
  • You can’t sell tobacco products with a flavor except for menthol or tobacco.
  • Do not sell cigarette packages that contain fewer than 20 cigarettes.
  • Do not sell single cigarettes, AKA “loosies”
  • Do not open a pack of tobacco products to sell in smaller amounts.

Obviously, the above-listed laws have more to do with cigars and cigarettes and not the sale of loose-leaf tobacco like Fronto Leaf, Grabba Leaf & Binder Leaf.
Another thing to keep in mind is that we are not lawyers and this post should not be taken as any type of legal advice..

Why Are There Different Laws Between Whole Leaf tobacco & A Pre-rolled Cigarette

Whole leaf tobacco is unprocessed and is treated differently by the federal government. While laws for the sale and purchase of whole tobacco leaves are less strict than those pertaining to other tobacco products like cigars and cigarettes, as of 2019 you still have to be 21 years of age or older to purchase any of Leaf Express’ whole leaf tobacco products.
Please remember to keep in mind that we are not lawyers and this post should not be taken in any way as any type of legal advice..

Now that all that is out of the way. Who is ready to purchase some whole-leaf tobacco?

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