D.C. Council considering banning sales of single cigars

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The D.C. Council has scheduled a public hearing on bill 18-124, the “Single Sale of Cigar Products Prohibition Amendment Act of 2009.” Although the bill description says it’s designed to “ban the sale of individual cigars or 32 cigar products intended or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling or otherwise 33 introducing marijuana in to the human body,” the text only expands the section of the DC Code (§48-1101) in a fairly generic way.

“an individual cigar, cigar leaf wrapper, flavored or non-flavored cigar that is referred to as a blunt, blunt wrap, or any other tobacco product that may be used in the ingesting, inhaling, or introduction of marijuana to the human body.”

It’s hard to imagine how that could be more open-ended, but I’m sure you can expect selective enforcement to target convenience stores and low-income areas over tobacconists selling Macanudos.

If you think that the war on some drugs isn’t a good enough reason to impede the purchases of perfectly legal, products you can go to the hearing and speak on September 29th  at 10am in the John A. Wilson building. Supporters and other wrong people can go speak too.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


10 thoughts on “D.C. Council considering banning sales of single cigars

  1. I’m saying here the same thing I said on my Google Reader comment: Personally, I like to buy a single cigar sometimes when I’m out. I don’t smoke cigars regularly, but I enjoy a good one now and then, for special occasions, etc. I think this ban is silly and misdirected. There are better ways to control drug use, and they start with education.

    You are absolutely right that this will be selectively enforced, and that’s a shame.

  2. I agree with the first poster! I enjoy a cigar once in a great while — but I certainly wouldn’t want to buy an entire BOX of them. Ugh!

  3. I can’t tell what’s worse – Getting harassed for buying a Strawberry “Blunt”, or actually calling that a “cigar”.

  4. Do they really think a law like this will combat the use of marijuana? How? Are you going to ban apples too, because they can be modified to smoke weed with?

    This is just another example of a politician trying to get his name in the headlines using an idiotic law that will do absolutely nothing to solve the problem it is attempting to address.

    While it may be selectively enforced, if you think other lawmakers won’t use this as a stepping stone to further the push for a ban on tobacco altogether, you are wrong.

  5. The tobacco in those things is disgusting garbage tobacco, what are you about to do other than gut that nonsense. Big ups Kevin.

  6. as someone who often buys single cigars, i.e. white owl tubes, i think this proposition is ridiculous. although i dont know one person who will actually smoke the cigars themselves. bust those guts man, love a good bleez

  7. Legalize and regulate marijuana and this becomes a non-issue.
    Pot is FAR safer than alcohol or tobacco.

    It’s kind of ironic when you think about it, banning the single selling of a substance that kills millions of people per year to avoid using it as a means of smoking a substance that has NEVER been linked to one death.

    Can you say “stupidity” ?

  8. Mary said: “There are better ways to control drug use, and they start with education.”

    Yes, educate people regarding the deadly effects of tobacco……I should know, I’m dying from it.

    Legalize marijuana and end this Draconian hypocrisy!

  9. On second thought this isn’t such a bad idea, make sea-gars only available in multi-packs.

    After all, one good blunt deserves another….can’t have too many! ;-)