In the state of Indiana, regulations governing e-liquid manufacturers kicked into effect back in July of 2015. As a result, some vape stores across the state found themselves concerned that the new regulations could kill the vaporizing industry across the state.
E-liquid, sometimes stylized “eLiquid,” is the liquid used in e-cigarettes. It is often composed of nicotine, glycerine, propylene glycol, and various flavorings.
The new regulations specifically govern companies that manufacture e-liquids for sale in the state. Such companies were, as a result of the regulations, required to be certified by a security firm before July 1, 2015.
At the time the regulations were passed by state legislators, there was only one firm, Mulhaupt’s Inc, that was certified to approve e-liquid manufacturers. As a result, many cried foul as the regulations essentially turned Mulhaupt’s into the gatekeeper – a single security firm that would decide which companies would be allowed to sell their e-liquid concoctions in the state of Indiana.
Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City), the man who authored HB 1432, was quoted by JConline as having said that lawmakers “never intended to set up a monopoly”.
“We never intended to set up a monopoly”
As of January of 2017, the number of e-juice products sold across the state dropped from hundreds to seven.
Subsequently, many consumers are traveling to neighboring states to pickup their e-juices.
A vape store manager in Kentucky, Charity Hoggard with Nice Guy Vapes, echoed this notion as she quoted by JConline as having said that the regulation is “helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”.
“It’s helping us out a lot but sucks for Indiana”
What do you think of the e-liquid regulations in Indiana that have turned Mulhaupt’s into the state’s e-liquid gatekeeper? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.