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Indiana e-liquid law paused
On June 26, the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association (IGCSA) let their members know that the law had been paused for 60 days by the Indiana Alcohol Tobacco Commission (ATC).

Beyond the 60 days, a 120-day grace period will allow retailers to comply with the law before enforcement begins. The pause comes from the recent release of FDA’s deeming regulation and the time required for the ATC to digest the 400-page document.

This effectively puts a stop to the law being enacted until the legislature has the opportunity to “fix it”, writes IGCSA’s communicate that also indicates the Indiana Legislature meets in January 2017.

Maybe a new landmark for manufacturers, unless new events come from legal challenges?

Joshua McCord, from Open Source Vapor, LLC, announced that his Company located in Carmel, Indiana, was forced to close doors on July 1st, 2016.

The last orders accepted will be on June 29th, after that ordering will be disabled.“, he wrote in the press release.

The reason is called “HB 1432”

House Bill 1432 is an act to regulate e-liquids. It requires a manufacturer to obtain a permit from the alcohol and tobacco commission before bottling e-liquid or selling e-liquid to retailers or distributors. HB 1432 limits the ingredients that can be used in making e-liquids. 

The cost of the application is $1,000 and each renewal, every 5 years, amonts $500. But to file the application, the manufacturer must also provide architectural plans of the manufacturing facility, and meet high security requirements.

With regard to the security requirements, the law says that a service agreement between the applicant and a security firm requiring the security firm to certify that the manufacturer meets certain security requirements.

A business built on the experience and the sincerity of his owner

Joshua McCord, a smoker for 20 years, discovered vaping as a “Godsend” and, after vaping for a few time on regular, he discovered he was sensitive to Propylene Glycol (PG). He tried some organic e-liquids and found the flavors were far more authentic than their artificial counterparts. Finally he decided, based on his experience, to start his own business of e-juices with high quality requirements and to sell them online .

His company offers about 30 different full Vegetal Glycerin (VG) flavors in sizes ranging from 15 ml to 250 ml and adapts to vaping style, from cloud chasers to daily users equipped with regular hardware.

In his declaration, he notices that he is the only one in Indiana to offer PG-free options. For him, the State regulation on e-liquids, contains “a ton of really specific rules that seemed to have no bearing on the quality of our juice“.

Incredibly specific regulations

These incredibly specific regulations required any e-liquid manufacturer to contract with a security company” he declares before adding that “no local security company had the time to get in compliance“. To his great surprise, one security company popped up from nowhere, with required agreements but with no time to handle any new customers.

Joshua McCord concludes his post by this sentence “My most sincere apologies for the last-minute nature of this, I truly believed we could find a way to continue, in compliance with these ‘regulations’“.

In the absence of Federal regulation for many years before FDA finally released its deeming rules, many States in the USA have established their own rules for e-liquids and vaping devices; some local regulations that are generally neither in favor of vapers nor of the small businesses and most of the time disproportionate for a product that may helps smokers definitely split with combusted tobacco.