INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Owners of companies that produce the liquid used in electronic cigarettes say they’ve been shut out of Indiana by a state law that has effectively made a Lafayette security firm the only one qualified to certify producers.
The Indianapolis Star reports the law requires any company that wants to sell the liquid in Indiana to be certified by a security firm by June 30. The law was touted as a way to establish safety regulations for the e-cigarette industry.
The owner of Mulhaupt’s Inc., Doug Mulhaupt, says he didn’t know until recently that his firm is the only one to meet state requirements. The firm has only approved six producers.
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission says a second security firm is under review for eligibility.