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Ridgeland limits pot, e-cigs in businesses

RIDGELAND — The city of Ridgeland is putting restrictions on businesses seeking permits to sell electronic cigarettes.

The restrictions are the same as those put on pawn shops, nail salons and tattoo parlors.

Future businesses that wish to open up retail stores for electronic cigarettes will go through a longer permitting process before receiving a license to operate.

For good measure, the Madison County Journal reports the city added any businesses selling marijuana, excluding medical marijuana, to the restricted use definition.

The city defines an electronic smoking device retailer as a store where e-cigarettes and related products account for more than 30 percent of gross sales area, 500 square feet of retail space or greater or 30 percent of gross sales.

It does not ban retailers that do not exceed these requirements from selling the product.

Electronic smoking devices produce a vapor that is inhaled and offered as an alternative to smoking. The practice is called vaping.

Existing retailers that fall under this restriction must register by Feb. 4, 2019.

Mike Jefcoat’s Magnolia Vapes on U.S. Highway 51 in Ridgeland has been open for more than a year.

“We will have to register within the five-year period,” Jefcoat said. “Other than that we do not plan to change anything about the way we operate at this time.”

Alan Hart, director of Community Development, said the restrictions are part of a larger batch of amendments passed that mostly corrects clerical errors in a 2014 ordinance.

“The amendments were to address various clerical and administrative errors discovered since the passage of the city’s 2014 Zoning Ordinance and to address development trends of certain uses have resulted in the need to consider appropriate locations and restrictions,” he said.

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