Help Stop Maryland’s Blitz on Cigar Smokers’ Freedoms
Following a recent trend of legislators trying to take away your tobacco-related personal liberties, Maryland has made it illegal for online and mail order retailers of cigars, classified as “Other Tobacco Products,” or “OTP,” to ship these products to Maryland residents. According to an article on Cigar Aficionado’s website, a bulletin from the Maryland Comptroller’s office summed up the law: “The purchase and sale of OTP by mail or over the internet is prohibited.” The full text of the law, called HB 88, can be found here.
While some brick and mortar shops in the Maryland area have believe that the law was enacted to protect them, it’s just another step in the direction of making it damn near impossible to get your hands on a fine smoke. This infringement on our personal freedoms has got to be stopped, and there’s only one way to do it—contact your local legislators and tell them you’re not happy with the ban. More specifically, contact Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot by calling him at 1-800-552-3941, emailing him at [email protected], or mailing him at the following address:
Comptroller of Maryland
80 Calvert Street
P.O. Box 466
Annapolis, MD 21404-0466
Currently, Maryland is the only state in the U.S. with such a law, and it is crucial that this legislation doesn’t set a precedent for other states in the future. Cigars are a 100% legal product, and we believe that any law that tells you you’re not allowed to order them by mail is unconstitutional, un-American, and is an encroachment on your liberties. If you’re as concerned as we are, there is only one way to make a difference: contact Peter Franchot with the above information and tell him what you think!