WEST virginia legislature
2023 regular session
House Bill 2922
By Delegates Chiarelli, Shamblin, Ross, Dillon, and Lucas
[Introduced January 23, 2023; Referred to the Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse then the Judiciary]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-9A-11, relating to limiting the number of vape stores and head shops in West Virginia to one for every 15,000 residents per county.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
(a) Legislative findings. – The Legislature finds that the number of vape shops and head shops in West Virginia has drastically increased, creating the potential for minors to have access to drugs, both legal and illegal, in an increased fashion. Crime has been known to increase in areas where these stores and shops are prevalent. Because of this, there is a reason to restrict the number of shops in West Virginia.
(b) Definitions. – The following definitions shall apply:
(1) "Head shop" is defined as a retail outlet that sells drug-related paraphernalia.
(2) "Vape shop" is defined as a retail outlet specializing in the selling of electronic cigarette products.
(c) Restrictions. – There is hereby establish a limit to the number of head shops and vape stores in this state to one for every 15,000 residents per county. Those shops established or existing first shall have priority for purposes of this section if shops must cease operation.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to limit the number of vape stores and head shops in West Virginia to one for every 15,000 residents per county.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.