USPS Postpones Vape Ban, Not Yet Ready To Implement Final Rule

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The long-awaited ban on mailing vape products will be delayed, according to the United States Postal Service, because the agency needs more time to figure out exactly how to implement the sweeping changes.

The ban was supposed to take effect Monday and apply to all vape companies, even those shipping products without nicotine. Since it spanned the cannabis industry, numerous companies the produce and/or distribute vape products have said the change will “severely harm their businesses.” This ban has been on the horizon for months now, but in a short exchange with MJBizDaily, a Postal Service spokesman said that USPS isn’t ready to implement the final rule just yet.

“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,” spokesman David P. Coleman said in an email.

Coleman said the USPS would finalize the rule “as soon as possible.” He added that “Mailers should be prepared for implementation upon publication anytime.”

Just last week the Postal Service reminded businesses about the ban so they can make whatever changes are needed and possible. FedEx and UPS already have said they will follow the U.S. Postal Service’s directive and will NOT ship any vape products. With no major carriers willing to move vape products, businesses are now stuck navigating both the new PACT Act requirements and finding a new way to ship their products.

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Background on The Vape Ban

This vape ban is not a ban in the true sense of the word. It’s a ban on the shipping of vape products, not on the actual use, production, or sale of them. And because cannabis vape products fall under the general term of ‘tobacco products’, it doesn’t actually specify anything about cannabis, if we’re choosing to get technical here.

The ban is for “tobacco” vaping products being shipped through UPS, FEDEX, USPS, and other major couriers. This does not mean companies cannot sell products, or ship them through the mail through a small private company, but it does mean they will need to scramble a bit and figure out what they will do before

In a way, it’s a ban that isn’t technically a ban, as there is no ban on any company or individual. This means the US government is not trying to legally stop people from using these products, or companies from making them, but it does seem to be trying to determine how the public can get products, and what products will be available to them. Overregulation for the sake of overregulation.

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Final Thoughts

It might take a while before things are running smoothly for everyone. Companies will be looking for ways to get their products to consumers, while consumers are faced with the issue of finding their favorite items at the prices they’ve grown accustomed to. Luckily, this delay gives everyone a bit more time to stock up on Delta 8 vape carts before the new regulations are fully in place.  

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