The Lilburn (Ga.) City Council unanimously voted April 8 to suspend issuing any new vape shop licenses for 60 days, pending a review of business practices.
The council imposed the moratorium “due to an inordinate amount of business inquiries related to vape shops, or businesses that sell alternative nicotine products,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
During the hiatus, city officials plan to study the sales of vaping products and give them time to formulate additional regulations.
There are no vape shops currently within city limits, but the lawmakers are not attempting to publicly discourage entrepreneurs from investigating opportunities in the city of about 12,000 residents. They are just taking time to make sure the planning and zoning ordinances are better prepared for handling the applications, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist said the 60-day moratorium will allow the lawmakers time to make well-educated decisions on the eight inquiries that intend to become the city’s first vape shop.
“We haven’t addressed it, so this is big,” he said. “We have got to think through what this looks like in our city.”
The council members are defining “alternative nicotine products” as “an electronic product or device that employs an electronic heating element, power source, electronic circuit, battery, or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means to produce a vapor that delivers nicotine to the person inhaling from the device, including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, and e-pipes, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar or e-pipe,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Lilburn City Council was established via state charter in 1955 and is comprised of a mayor and four council members, who are elected for four-year terms.
Lilburn City Attorney Richard Carothers will lead the city’s vape shop study. City council members will review any possible alterations in law if any recommendations are drafted.
“We want this to be a family friendly community,” Crist told the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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