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The Attorney General provides general notices of new laws to affected entities. The Attorney General also provides distributors and wholesalers with written notice of cigarette (including roll-your-own tobacco) manufacturers and brand families added to, excluded from, or removed from the Directory. (Rev. & Tax Code, § 30165.1, subd. (c)(3)(C).) Distributors and wholesalers are required to provide the written notices received from the Attorney General to their own customers. Distributors, wholesalers, and retailers are afforded a limited period of time to sell cigarettes (including roll-your-own) after receiving notice from the Attorney General of anticipated or actual removal from the Directory. Distributors and wholesalers have forty (40) days after notice of pending administration action and retailers have sixty (60) days after notice of removal. Cigarettes (including roll-your own) in the possession of distributors, wholesalers, or retailers after the sell-off period are contraband and subject to seizure and destruction.
The Attorney General has provided the following general notices regarding new laws:
December 31, 2003 notice (1), pdf
December 31, 2003 notice (2), pdf
The Attorney General has also provided the following written notices to licensed distributors and wholesalers regarding changes to the Directory.
A current list of the cigarette and tobacco product brand families that have been removed from the Directory is available below. The list includes the dates each cigarette or tobacco product brand family was removed from the Directory. Using the list below or the applicable Directory Notice also posted on this website, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers can determine whether a brand family is still within the statutory sell-off periods described above.