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Posted at 6:13 PM ET, 07/12/2010

Pr. Geo's ban on single cigar sales OK

By Washington Post editors

A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge ruled last month that legislation that banned the sale of single cigars, requiring stores to sell them in packages of at least five, was constitutional.

Judge Sean D. Wallace decided on the legality of the measure, which was passed in 2008 and amended a year later. Wallace ruled that the legislation did not violate the plantiff's due process or equal protections rights.

The bill was part of an effort to reduce a growing trend among some young people who use hollowed-out cigars to smoke marijuana.

"We do not expect this one piece of legislation to stop the tobacco and drug abuse problem in the county, but it will help," Council member Samuel Dean (D-Mitchellville), who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement.

--Ovetta Wiggins

By Washington Post editors  | July 12, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

So now the kids will start rolling blunts en masse. Nice work.

Posted by: steampunk | July 13, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

What about people who really are lovers of cigars? Sometimes a good cigar can cost $20 or more dollars each. Maybe they should put a price limit on the single sale. I think most people who are using them for drugs wouldn't buy an expensive cigar.

Posted by: amanthasam | July 13, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

ok - i buy a pack of five cigars, sell four of them to my friends, and light up - problem solved...and the "War on Drugs" moves on to the next Great Victory...

Posted by: frank675 | July 13, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

More waste

As a cigar smoker, I sometimes only want one at a time as I don't smoke one every day.

If something just HAS to be targeted, it should be the hollowed out flavored cigar shells.

Oh well, it's 5 bucks and some change a box versus a buck 25...I think I'll survive

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 13, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

...a BLUNT measure... ;D

Posted by: mloaks | July 13, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, amanathasam. I don't think there is anywhere in the County to buy the kind of cigar you are referring to.

Posted by: questioningauthority | July 13, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if this rule applies to the cigars sold at the Old Hickory Steak House at the Gaylord....Cohibas, Romeo Y Julieta, Partagas, etc.

Posted by: bigmarkinthehouse | July 13, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

It's time to vote Samuel Dean out of office! What a waste of time and money. There are much more important issues facing our county. I see he's running for County Executive - we don't need another clown!

Posted by: CalmTruth | July 13, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

what a moronic piece of legislation. I buy cigars that cost $8, $11, $20 each. The cigar makers determine which ones are sold as singles, and which ones in multiples. The only thing this law accomplishes is giving cigar shops less choice as to how to sell their products. It's not going to prevent one toke, let alone impact drug usage. guy's living in a fantasy world if he thinks this is going to accomplish what it presumably intends. Geez, come up with something that has some chance to work instead of this feel good b.s. No one wins, cigar sellers and smokers lose.

Posted by: red2million | July 13, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Y'know, I never thought of that when I did weed.

If I could start over, I'd get me some Rum River Crooks and have me some great tokes!

Posted by: kinkysr | July 13, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

kinkysr, ever stop to think that's why you didn't think of it? and why can't you "start over" if you're referring to weed consumption? i don't know why anyone wants their weed to taste like a philly blunt. nasty. whatever happened to pipes and bongs? I know they've been "outlawed" in a lot of places, but it's 2010 we have this thing the ex pot smoker Al Gore invented called the internet. And retail stuff is readily available a short cruise away.

Posted by: red2million | July 13, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

now kids will just pool their money, buy 5 at a cheaper price per cigar than they would have been individually, and then roll them all up. do they really think that people who are spending money on weed are really going to be deterred by a couple of bucks, especially when they are probably smoked overwhelmingly in groups? if the point of this law was to teach children about the merits of sharing, then the council did its job. otherwise, its just more stupidity and stink emanating out of upper marlboro.

and while we're at it- might as well change the county seat's name. free advertising for a certain cigarette company; at least why not change it to something like 'upper camel lights' for a week?

Posted by: NomeMike | July 13, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"We do not expect this one piece of legislation to stop the tobacco and drug abuse problem in the county, but it will help,"
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This ranks up there w/ Abe Pollin renaming the Bullets to the Wizards in order to reduce violent crime.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | July 13, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Samuel Dean must have to much free time on his hands. If Dean put half as much energy into finding jobs for the youth or funding for educational job training programs he would not have time to come up with this ineffective moronic piece of legislation.

Dean must go, vote this son of a b#### out of office, It's amazing how Dean is focus is on blunt and not all the illegals that are draining the counties budget.

Send Dean to Mexico or any other Latino community where he can come up with ways to enrich their lives.

Posted by: B4DarkDC | July 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Samuel Dean must have to much free time on his hands. If Dean put half as much energy into finding jobs for the youth or funding for educational job training programs he would not have time to come up with this ineffective moronic piece of legislation.

Dean must go, vote this son of a b#### out of office, It's amazing how Dean is focus is on blunt and not all the illegals that are draining the counties budget.

Send Dean to Mexico or any other Latino community where he can come up with ways to enrich their lives.

Posted by: B4DarkDC | July 13, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

You cant buy single cigars but you can buy all the single cigarillos you want. PG's governing body needs to stop following out of state legislation and develop solutions fit for our citizens and our problems.

Posted by: mossmillennium | July 13, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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