TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee released bill S2149, which states that a person who maintains a machine at a retail establishment that enables a person to process tobacco, or another product that is made or derived in whole or in part from tobacco, into a roll or tube for smoking, will be deemed to be a manufacturer of cigarettes.
All but Sen. Anthony Bucco, (R-25), of Boonton, voted for the bill. Bucco abstained because his business is a supplier to the industry.
The bill provides that the tobacco product produced for consumption using “roll-your-own tobacco” machines at retail establishments within this state will be deemed to be a cigarette.
The purpose of the bill is to require a retailer that maintains a “roll-your-own tobacco” machine to be treated as a cigarette manufacturer under current state tax law and to comply with the provisions of certain other state laws that apply to persons who manufacture cigarettes.
Sen. Joe Vitale said the state Attorney General’s office did express some concerns, but said he would work with it.