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HELP! CBP Seized My Tobacco Products as Drug Paraphernalia, What Now?

posted by Jennifer Diaz May 30, 2017 0 comments

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Our office has increasingly received requests for guidance on importation of marijuana paraphernalia products to the U.S. where twenty-six (26) states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes and/or personal consumption such as California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. The purpose of this article is to dispel the confusion as to why paraphernalia products (grinders, storage containers, rolling paper, pipes, vape pens, etc.) are continuously being seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), even when such products may be used by tobacco smokers. It is important to address the realities between federal and state laws regulating drug paraphernalia products so importers can avoid CBP’s enforcement of U.S. Laws.

Why Does CBP Stop Drug Paraphernalia?

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E-Cigs “Deemed” Tobacco Under New FDA Proposed Rule

posted by Jennifer Diaz April 25, 2014 0 comments

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On April 24, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced what some call a “long- awaited” proposed regulation that will impact the future of the currently booming e-cigarette industry.  Currently, e-cigarettes are not a part of FDA’s purview and have no FDA oversight – FDA’s proposed rule intends to change this in a big way.

How is Tobacco Defined Currently?

Section 201(rr) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), (21 U.S.C. 321(rr)),as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), currently defines the term “tobacco product,” as ” any product made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product… “.

The Tobacco Control Act permitted FDA to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco automatically as “tobacco product” under the FD&C Act.

Section 901 of the FD&C Act  gives the FDA leeway to include “any other tobacco products that the Secretary by regulation deems to be subject to this chapter” and therefore subject to FDA regulation under the FD&C Act.

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