Maryland Residents: Age Restriction Legislation Scheduled for Hearing on February 19

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The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 325 for Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by Senator Jennie Forehand (D), the proposed legislation would establish a new tobacco age restriction that raises the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age. Given that S.B. 325 already has widespread support and 6 co-sponsors, it is critical that you contact the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee TODAY and urge them to vote against this misguided legislation. CLICK THIS LINK to contact the members of the Committee.

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Legislators in Maryland are working hard to pass age restriction legislation this year. This bill is the second piece of age restriction legislation that has been introduced in Maryland this legislative session. H.B. 278, which was previously reported on by IPCPR, proposes the same age increase. Both S.B. 325 and H.B. 278 place arbitrary restrictions on adults to purchase a legal product, and have the potential to greatly affect the sales of retail tobacconists. Such restrictions will encourage individuals to order online or make the short drive to neighboring states to purchase legal tobacco products, placing financial pressure on your small business with no effect on youth access.

The hearing will take place at 2 East Miller Senate Building located at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis. If you wish to testify, you must sign the witness register before 12:45 p.m. If you have written testimony, please submit 20 copies to the staff for distribution by 12:00 p.m. Please note that the order that bills are listed on the schedule is not necessarily the order in which they will be heard.

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