Is it legal to open a smoke shop in shopping center

Asked over 1 year ago - Cerritos, CA

is it legal to open a smoke shop in shopping center or regional mall and sell hookah, pipes, black and mild and such tobacco stuffs?

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  1. Pamela Koslyn

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    Answered . Some municipalities allow it, as long as no reference is made to any illegal substance. The viability of this may depend most of all on the shopping center's leasing policies.

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  2. Michael Ross Lykken

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    Answered . Attorney Koslyn is correct. If the zoning for the area doesn't permit a smoke shop, you would need to apply for a conditional use permit from the city or county planning department. If it is a permissible use, you would still need the permission of the shopping center. Good luck!

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  3. Jeff Hoang Pham

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    Answered . I agree with the posts above. You have two hurdles to clear: ensuring that the city you intend to open in allows it, and confirming that the landlord will permit the opening of such an establishment on its premises.

    I would advise you to consult an attorney to help you through the process. Best of luck.

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