Sections 1 through 8 of the bill raise the minimum age of a person to whom cigarettes, tobacco products, and nicotine products (products) may be sold from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.
Under current law, if a minor purchases or attempts to purchase any one of the products, the minor may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense subject to a $100 fine. In addition to raising the minimum age from 18 years of age to 21 years of age, section 1 also repeals the criminal penalty for purchasing or attempting to purchase the products as a minor.
Section 7 also prohibits a retailer from permitting a person under 18 years of age to sell or participate in the sale of products.
Section 8 also increases the minimum number of compliance checks required of each retail location at which the products are sold to 2 per year or at least the minimum number annually required by federal regulation, whichever number is greater.
Section 9 requires every retailer of the products in the state, on and after July 1, 2021, to be licensed. The liquor enforcement division (division) of the department of revenue is charged with licensing retailers and coordinating with local authorities on retail location compliance checks and investigations of complaints about retailers.
Section 10 prohibits: New retail locations at which products are sold from being located within 500 feet of a school; retail locations that sell electronic smoking device products from advertising those products in a manner that is visible from outside the retail location; and delivery of products directly to consumers.
Section 11 governs enforcement of the licensing requirements.
Section 12 adjusts the fine amounts for violating the prohibition against selling products to minors from a maximum fine for a fifth or subsequent violation within 24 months of $1,000 to $15,000 to a maximum fine for a fourth or subsequent violation in 36 months of $1,000 to $15,000. Additionally, the division must prohibit a retailer who commits a second or subsequent violation within 36 months from selling products at the retail location where the violation occurred for a specified period of time, starting with at least 7 days for a second violation within 36 months, to at least 30 days for a third violation within 36 months, and finally for up to 3 years for a fourth or subsequent violation within 36 months.
Additionally, section 12 establishes fines for selling or offering to sell products without a valid state license on or after July 1, 2021, with the amount of fines ranging from $1,000 for a first violation to $3,000 for a third or subsequent violation. If a person sells or offers to sell products without a valid state license at least 3 times in a 36-month period, the person is not eligible to apply for a state license for 3 years thereafter.
Section 12 also adjusts the period within which a subsequent violation of the prohibition against selling products from a vending machine or the requirement to display a warning at the retail location is subject to an increased fee from 24 months to 36 months. Further, section 12 also applies the same fine structure as exists for selling products from a vending machine or failing to display the requisite warning to a violation of the prohibition against allowing a person under 18 years of age to sell or participate in the sale of products.
Sections 13 through 17 make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)