California's controversial ban on flavored e-cigarettes will not take effect on January 1, 2021.
According to a halfwheel report, Sacramento County High Court has approved an agreement that seeks to repeal the law by postponing enforcement at least until the signature has been verified.
In November, the California fair alliance submitted more than one million signatures in an effort to qualify for a referendum in November 2022 and to overturn the bill. The county-level signature process is in progress until January 21, 2021. Now, the parties agree to postpone the enforcement of the law until the signature verification process is completed.
If the verified signature threshold is not met, the law will take effect after the Secretary of state verifies that the process is complete. If the signature is verified, the taste ban will be suspended until at least December 2022.
To vote, those who support the referendum need to get 623212 verified signatures from California voters.
California law, signed by governor Gavin Newson on August 28, bans the sale of all flavored tobacco and steam electronic cigarette products, including peppermint flavored tobacco and steam electronic cigarette products. However, the legislation does not make it illegal for someone to buy, own or use flavored tobacco or steam electronic cigarettes.
There is a clause in the bill that imposes a fine of $250 for each violation.