USPS Mail Ban could Also Include Hemp Products

Words say a lot. It’s especially true in the rule of law. When Congress approved the recent appropriations bill to keep the government running, lawmakers also passed the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act,” which prohibits the United States Post Office (USPS) from shipping vaping products.

While the legislation was geared towards nicotine vaping products, the law is so broadly defined that hemp businesses must also prepare to comply, according to Patricia Kovacevic, founder and president of PK Regulatory Strategy. The legislation takes effect in late March – 90 days after its published in the Federal Register. The USPS then has 120 days to issue its rules.

Speaking during a Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) webinar, Kovacevic said that the legislation states that an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) is defined as any device that “delivers nicotine, flavor, or any other substance to the user inhaling from the device.”

“It’s very broadly defined. It really is any other substance. So even if you inhale, I’m being ridiculous, the air [if inhaled from] a device is still covered,” she said. “So, unfortunately, it’s very broad. That’s actually what makes it worrisome. But that also could be its flaw. [The definition being too inclusive] could be an opportunity to challenge the rule.”

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