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Proposals Target Cigarette Trafficking in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A Virginia commission has endorsed measures designed to prevent organized interstate cigarette trafficking.
The proposals were unanimously endorsed Monday by the Virginia State Crime Commission. The proposals will be drafted into bills that will be considered by the General Assembly when it reconvenes in January.
Under one of the proposals, businesses that want to buy cigarettes wholesale without paying the state sales tax would have to get a certificate so the state can verify the business exists.
Certificates would be free for retailers with an ABC license or license to sell other tobacco products in Virginia. The state could charge others up to $50.
Another proposal would require businesses to fill out a state form for certain large cigarette purchases.

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