The Town of Framingham, and many other Metrowest communities, has stopped issuing new Tobacco Permits. This went into effect in 2015. The reason given was to "wait until the FDA has issued its deeming regulations regarding the electronic cigarette industry."
The FDA has now issued its regulations.
What type of a lawyer should I be looking to hire who can help me with this situation?
What can I do to try and press the situation with the Town to begin issuing new permits again? Note: I am not comfortable with public speaking so if one of your answers is to go in front of the Town Meeting and begin to open this question up....I am not comfortable doing that myself. However, that is what I would hope a lawyer, representing me, could do.
The first step would be to check with the town to see exactly what their current policy is. Then you can apply for a permit. If the permit is denied, there is an appeals process. Any general practice attorney should be able to help you navigate the process of applying and appealing the decision if necessary. The licensing is determined by the town. This isn't likely to be a town meeting issue as the licensing is controlled by the board of selectmen and the licensing board under them. It is possible an appearance at a licensing board would be necessary if the permit were denied. You can use the AVVO search tool to contact an attorney who handles these issues or contact one of the lawyers who responds to discuss the matter in a little more detail.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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