Omaha (KPTM) – The city council held a public hearing for an ordinance that would allow tobacco retailers to sell their products away from their primary place of business.
During the meeting people expressed concerns that the movement wasn't clear enough, and that anyone could sell tobacco at any given location with the issuance of a temporary license.
Charles Kline owns the Havana Garage and S.G. Roi. He supports the ordinance, and he says that's not the intent at all.
"Our purpose is not to promote the sale of cigarettes and what not, through festivals," said Kline.
Kline is asked regularly to hold private parties to sell cigars or show how they're made, but he says right now he's unable to do that.
"You find people who want to have a bachelor party at their place," Kline said. "Well, legally if we were to go over there and sell our product without a city ordinance it would be illegal."
The city council asked that there be a new draft of the ordinance made, limiting it to cigar tobacco and private locations.
Mark Welsch is president of the Group to Alleviate Smoke Pollution. He says he walked out of the meeting feeling more comfortable.
"You know if they want to have somebody come to a private home for a private party or if they rent a hall, and they want to have somebody demonstrate how you roll a cigar, "said Welsch. "Why not?"
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