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Vaporizer Shipping Ban
Vape product retailers will need to use
private shipping companies and obtain
signatures upon delivery.
T
he U.S. Postal Service will be
prohibited from shipping vaping
products starting this summer
because of a new law that has cannabis
businesses worried.
In late December, when Congress
approved an appropriations bill to keep
the government running, lawmakers
included the text of a separate measure.
The " Preventing Online Sales of
E-Cigarettes to Children Act " prohibits
the USPS from shipping vaping products.
There's no mention of hemp
or marijuana in the new law, but
businesses in both sectors should be
prepared to comply, said Rod Kight, a
cannabis attorney in Asheville, North
Carolina. " To the extent that they are
participants in the industry who are
selling vape products, it absolutely affects
them, " Kight said of companies that
manufacture or sell cannabis vaping
supplies.
The legislation takes effect in late
March, after which the USPS has 120 days
to create rules to implement the law.
FedEx and UPS already have said
they will follow the U.S. Postal Service's
directive and won't ship vaping products.
" Effective April 5, 2021, UPS will
not transport vaping products to, from
or within the United States due to the
increased complexity to ship those
products, " Matthew O'Connor, a UPS
spokesman, said in a statement.
BECOMING COMPLIANT
Currently, there is no publicly available
information about how often vaping
products are shipped in the mail.
However, U.S. consumers ordered
$44 million in CBD vape cartridges
online in 2020, providing some measure
of how often mail carriers might be
used to fulfill orders, according to Rick
Maturo, associate client director for the
Nielsen Cannabis Insights Practice.
Under the new regulations, sellers of
vaping products must do the following:
* Ship through private companies,
such as DHL, which requires a
signature upon delivery.
* Register with the U.S.
attorney general.
* Implement an age-verification
system.
" A lot of them are doing age
verification already, " Kight said. " For
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some, this is going to be a larger project
to take on. "
Business-to-business sales-whether
for wholesale distribution or
manufacturing-are exempt from the
USPS shipping ban, Kight said, as long
as they have the necessary licenses
to operate.
Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, CEO
and co-founder of The Blinc Group, a
New York company that develops and
supplies cannabis vaping hardware,
called the new restrictions " another
attempt by the government to 'demonize'
nicotine vaping. " However, he expressed
confidence that lawmakers are not
targeting cannabis.
Arnaud
Dumas
de Rauly

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