California has effectively decriminalized intravenous opioid usage. People are shooting up in public in every coastal city, and the cops have been ordered not to arrest them.
But high schoolers vaping?
That right there is a public health crisis.
Starting January 1, it will be illegal to sell most flavored tobacco products in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the flavored tobacco ban bill on Friday, which was largely developed by Senator Jerry Hill to “address an unprecedented surge in youth nicotine consumption.”
Under the new bill, retailers will not be criminally charged for selling flavored cigarettes or vaping cartridges, but could be fined up to $250 for doing so. The bill specifically targets sweet flavors, including fruit, chocolate, candy, and dessert, as well as more traditional flavors such as menthol and mint.
Loose-leaf tobacco and “premium cigars,” which are handmade with a tobacco leaf wrapper without a filter, tip or mouthpiece and cost at least $12, are not included in the ban.
The government no longer has the moral authority to make decisions like this. They’ve abdicated that role, which they never really should have had in the first place.
I guess the upside of this is that now people who might consider becoming drug dealers can now sell contraband vape juice.