It looks like you won’t be buying one cigar at a time in Prince George’s County. A circuit court judge there ruled last month that a law forcing stores to sell cigars in packs of five is constitutional. The law was passed in 2008 and amended in 2009. According to Judge Sean D. Wallace, the measure doesn’t violate due process or equal protection rights.
According to the Washington Post: “The bill was part of an effort to reduce a growing trend among some young people who use hollowed-out cigars to smoke marijuana.”
I’m still trying to figure this one out. Who the hell would hollow out a Nestor Miranda for that reason? The Post continues:
“We do not expect this one piece of legislation to stop the tobacco and drug abuse problem in the county, but it will help,” Council member Samuel Dean (D-Mitchellville), who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement.