PJ's Smoke Shack in Maple Valley forced to close due to new federal legislation
By TJ MARTINELL
Covington Reporter Reporter
July 18, 2012 · 12:06 PM
Editor's note: An extended version of this story will appear in the Reporter's upcoming July 27 issue.
Maple Valley's PJ Smoke Shack has been forced to close due to an unusual provision within the new federal highway bill that threatens roll your own (RYO) tobacco businesses.
The machines are roughly the size of an ATM.
As part of the highway bill that was signed into law July 6, an unrelated provision, Section 100122, broadened the definition of a tobacco manufacturer to include RYO businesses, which makes them subject to the same federal excise taxes and regulations.
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