Stricter Regulations in Wake County to Limit Tobacco and Marijuana Shops

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Stricter Regulations in Wake County to Limit Tobacco and Marijuana Shops
New regulations in North Carolina's Wake County aim to restrict the location of tobacco and marijuana shops.

According to CBS 17's report on October 16th, the government of Wake County in North Carolina has introduced new regulations that impose strict limitations on the locations of newly opened tobacco and marijuana shops.


According to the new regulations, merchants primarily selling tobacco and marijuana will be prohibited from opening shops within a 1000-foot radius of public spaces such as schools, parks, greenways, and residential areas. However, supermarkets and gas stations are exempt from this restriction. This new ordinance is currently only enforced in unincorporated areas of Wake County.


The introduction of this regulation aims to prevent children from accessing tobacco or marijuana and curb their usage rates. In the previous academic year, over 1,000 students violated the district's policy on tobacco, e-cigarettes, and nicotine products, representing a 21% increase compared to the previous year. The county's public school system had previously requested a revision of this policy in February of this year.


According to recent data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there has been a significant increase in e-cigarette use among high school and middle school students. From 2011 to 2019, the number of high school students using e-cigarettes has risen by 1000%, while middle school students have experienced a growth rate of 510% during the same period.


Shinica Thomas, Chairman of the Wick County Council, has stated that the county authorities are committed to protecting the health and ensuring the quality of life for all residents.


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