Get Ready to Buy Cigars in Bulk

Smoke if you got 'em -- quick!

By Mike Tunison
|  Thursday, Sep 10, 2009  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Get Ready to Buy Cigars in Bulk

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The D.C. Council already came for your single beers, now they want your cigars, as well.

In 2004, a bill championed by then Councilmember Adrian Fenty, banned the sale of single bottles and cans of beer. Its passing drew protests from owners of small grocers and their poorer customers. Now Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander wants to do the same for single cigar sales at gas stations and convenience stores.

Her reasoning is that some customers frequently buy single cigars so that they can hollow them out and pack them with marijuana to create blunts. Tobacco store owners worry that such a ban could seriously affect their sales because their customers often buy premium cigars one or two at a time.

While presumably well-meaning, the bill would only ban one of several ways that pot smokers go about getting high, while punishing business at the same time. Expect some backlash from this one, as well.

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