2013 tobacco tax keeps on giving

Minnesota’s tobacco tax went up by 10 cents and the sales taxes on cigarettes went up by two cents on Jan. 1, 2016. In 2013, the legislature increased the cigarette tax by $1.60, and set in place an automatic inflator that increases the tobacco tax every year in line with inflation. At $3 (plus $0.54 in sales tax), Minnesota now has the seventh-highest cigarette tax. Each pack also has a $1.01 federal tax per pack.

Will the tobacco industry turn to cannabis?

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES Starting today, registered Minnesota residents with any of nine qualifying conditions will be able to access medical cannabis in pill, oil, or liquid form. Of the 23 states which have loosened restrictions on medical cannabis, Minnesota’s program is considered extremely narrow. As cannabis regulation evolves, the tobacco industry’s relationship with the drug… Continue reading Will the tobacco industry turn to cannabis?

Child-resistant Packaging: New Law in Minnesota

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES  A new Minnesota state statute went into effect on Jan 1, 2015 that requires electronic nicotine liquid (e-juice) to be sold in child-resistant packaging. Vermont and New York also require childproof packaging. E-juice is primarily comprised of propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and nicotine. It usually comes in fruit and candy… Continue reading Child-resistant Packaging: New Law in Minnesota