Aurora imposes moratorium on vape shop licenses


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Aurora Beacon-Information

Might 13, 2021 4:07 PM

The Aurora Metropolis Council this week accepted a moratorium on licenses for any new shops promoting different tobacco merchandise.. (AP Picture/Craig Mitchelldyer, File) (Craig Mitchelldyer / Related Press)

The Aurora Metropolis Council this week accepted a moratorium on licenses for any new shops promoting different tobacco merchandise.

The moratorium, which begins this Saturday and is scheduled to finish Nov. 15, would cowl any new licenses for shops promoting different tobacco merchandise, together with vaping supplies.

It could not have an effect on any present license holders, and wouldn’t have an effect on conventional tobacco merchandise. In that regard, metropolis officers have identified it’s not a ban on gross sales of any objects.

Aldermen first thought-about the moratorium final week on the urging of Ald. Edward Bugg, ninth, who determined the town ought to check out the state of affairs after three new tales opened within the ninth Ward, all inside one-third of a mile of one another.

Two of the shops are simply two doorways aside, the alderman stated final week, and the moratorium would give the town an opportunity to “hit the pause button” on any new services. Town will take a look at whether or not they wish to regulate the variety of such licenses, the place the shops can find and the way shut to one another within the metropolis they might be.

The ordinance will undergo the Guidelines, Administration and Procedures, or RAP, Committee, earlier than going to the total Metropolis Council.

Town at present has one license for the sale of tobacco, cigarette, different nicotine merchandise, different tobacco merchandise and vapor merchandise.

In 2018, the Metropolis Council amended the ordinance so as to add further language to incorporate different nicotine merchandise, different tobacco merchandise and vapor merchandise as new objects had been being launched available in the market, in keeping with Richard Veenstra, Aurora’s company counsel.

The license is a one-size-fits-all, in contrast to the town’s liquor licensing system, which has totally different sorts of licenses for various sorts of liquor service. Proper now, the town has one license for all tobacco or different tobacco merchandise.

Final week, aldermen mentioned how lengthy the moratorium ought to be, and so they selected six months, which might be Nov. 15. That was written into the ordinance introduced to the Metropolis Council this week.

Aldermen conceded they’ll at all times change that finish date to eventually, relying on how the writing of a brand new ordinance goes.

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