Why New York Vape Shops are Moving to Native American Reservations
September 17, 2020
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new $117 billion budget signed last April, has set in place some questionable measures. Amongst other things, it banned flavoured vaping products and has abandoned the proposal to legalize marijuana products.
But while most vape business owners were panicking, Taobi Silva did not. As a member of the Shinnecock Nation, the 1,500-person tribe outside of South Hampton, Long Island, he knew he had a unique opportunity. An article on Filter points out that members of a native tribe can conduct business on their sovereign land, where the New York State flavour ban does not apply.
Many are in fact taking advantage of this. In fact, there are plenty of rumors that several vape shop owners around the Buffalo and Niagara Falls area, revealed off-the-record that rivals had packed up and moved onto neighboring native land. “The best way to describe it,” said a vape business owner who insisted on remaining anonymous, “is that a manufacturer in New York State helped a Native American set up a new business to sell [the manufacturer’s] flavored e-liquid on sovereign land.”