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Richmond Passes 45-Day Retail Moratorium on Tobacco to Deal With 'Excessive Smoke Shops'

Posted on AllSides April 17th, 2024

Amid community concerns regarding an over-proliferation of tobacco and smoke shops in the city, the Richmond City Council voted on Tuesday to unanimously approve a tobacco retail moratorium that will place a 45-day hold on the granting of new licenses. “[The moratorium is] at the request of many Richmond residents,” said Mayor Eduardo Martinez, one of the ordinance’s original proponents. “We’ve gotten a lot of complaints of excessive smoke shops and they seem to take issue with the sort of traffic that comes through.” Other co-sponsors of the ordinance include...

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