U.S. Postal Service informs vape mailers of impeding ban

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Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

Businesses that create vape components have been informed by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that they must gear up for soon-to-be imposed prohibitions on mailing these products. The forthcoming vape ban is emerging as a direct effect of a new law that is causing concern among cannabis business owners.

It’s likely that all vape companies will be affected by the ban. While the law’s legal framework does not specifically outline whether both or either hemp and cannabis businesses will be affected, businesses in the two sectors should get ready to comply with the looming vape ban.

Titled the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act,” the new vape ban law makes it illegal for the USPS to ship vaping products. A recently-published federal notice reinforced awareness of what’s to come among industry players.

The primary aim of the vape ban is to restrict access to vape products and banish direct-to-consumer vape shipping. Exceptions may be granted to certain contesting companies. However, this has not been confirmed just yet.

Hemp and cannabis operators believe vape ban will stifle business 

Following orders from the U S. Postal Service regarding the vape ban, FedEx responded by saying that they will hold off on shipping such products. 

The USPS also noted that federal cannabis prohibition can be enforced for no cost and that THC-containing products must, without any exceptions, be shipped.

In addition to this, the USPS says that hemp transporters must retain all of the necessary paperwork so as to avoid potential issues later down the line.

“Mailers must retain, and prepare to make available upon request, records establishing compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to hemp production, processing, distribution, and sales,” reads the USPS notice about the vape ban.

USPS says vape ban is delayed 

The recently announced vape ban on mail-sent products is being delayed by the U.S. Postal Service. As per the announcement, the agency is requesting additional time to assess precisely how the changes – which are being initiated by Congress – will be implemented. 

Despite the fact that the USPS vape ban was set to be effectuated on Monday, April 26, the process has been delayed. All types of vape companies, including those that specialize in the shipment of products that don’t contain nicotine, must abide by the vape ban. 

The news creates cause for concern among numerous hemp and cannabis vape operators, many of whom feel that the change will severely dent business operations. The primary goal of the vape ban, which was adopted in late 2020, is to reduce vape product access and banish direct-to-consumer vape shipping.

Nonetheless, a Postal Service spokesman told MJBizDaily reporters that the USPS is not yet prepared to enact the final rule.

Despite our best efforts, in order to ensure thorough and thoughtful consideration of the complex issues and voluminous comments by industry, individual, and governmental stakeholders, the Postal Service is unable to publish a final rule by today’s target date,” wrote spokesman David P. Coleman in an email.

“Mailers should be prepared for implementation upon publication anytime,”  added Coleman, who says that the USPS will finalize rules as quickly as possible.