Sorry for the late response, but I was a bit upset last night. So let me just give you the short answer, and then elaborate a bit on why we should be worried. If anyone is interested, if not, just stop reading after the next sentence lol.
Yes the bill passed. (it’s california, did you expect something else?)
Now let me start here, to no time was flavoring by itself, pg, vg and nicotine a discussion point of this bill. Therefore irrelevant. The problem of this bill is and was the local businesses as well as online sales (in and going out of CA).
S38 the bill that just passed and is on it’s way to the governor (yes I know there is some steps in between, but it’s just paper trail) just need to be signed and again it’s california, we know that this will be done.
That means, every local store (not just vape stores) will have to remove all flavored products that falls under the tobacco categorie. This includes not only flavored juices but also cigars, cigarettes and so on. There will be nothing sold that tastes anything different than tobacco (pure tobacco that is).
This is a huge issue for the local stores but we didn’t stop there of course. The next bill which was also introduced right with it, is S39 and of course makes even less sense but here we go.
S39 does allow the online sale of these products (in and outside the state) BUT if you have it delivered to your door, you do need to check the option that states “Age certification and photo ID required, signature required”. In most cases a lot of vendors do offer that option, but it increase the shipping cost, hence if the day of “good” deals will be over because you will have to calculate at least a $10 extra shipping charge if not higher, depending on the vendor.
Now we all could say that this isn’t so bad, and I agree, it could have been worse because at the end of the day we can all still DIY and get our stuff online. Let me stop you here, because right after this hearing, San Francisco published their new agenda, it didn’t come to a surprise, because during our hearing here Sacramento not only once but twice has it been mentioned during the speech, that the end goal is the full ban of everything (vape related).
With that said, here is what SF then proposed. It’s prohibited to in/export any kind of vaping device (mods, tanks, rdas, and whatever else falls in that category), any kind of eliquid (doesn’t matter if flavored, unflavored, tobacco, with nicotine, without it) and the removal of the Juul headquarters down in SF. (Hearing will be in a couple of weeks I believe)
Now if you read this it does make you laugh, it did make me laugh too for one second, because this is so ridiculous that I thought they are joking. And of course, I could be like so many people and say it doesn’t effect me, because that’s just for the city itself.
That’s right, but since we know even that will pass, it’s the end goal. After SF will pass their “new city laws” it’s just a matter of time till this will get pushed for the whole state. Do they get away with it? Maybe, maybe not, but to be quite honest it shouldn’t even gotten as far as it has already. But having seen the bs that was discussed and the way it was discussed, why am I even surprised.
If that ever becomes a point, then we will have to worry about containing nicotine due to the “legal” channels/vendors but by that time, you will also have to find a way of obtaining mods unless you want to vaporize your juice with a lighter
I am not sitting here and predicting dooms day, but if people don’t start to wake up and just say things like “it doesn’t affect me, I don’t have to be worried” etc, this will one day back fire really badly. Till then, I guess we can enjoy the higher priced shipping costs on vaping products brought and shipped out of the state, because I guess at least that’s still an option for a couple of months.