Among the stores shuttered were a pair of Lawrence smoke shops - UCF Half Price Smokes - as state regulators pointed to concerns that the rolling papers used by the machine don't meet fire-safety standards. And while roll-your-own users don't have to pay the state's tax of 79 cents per pack (the locations characterize the transaction as a purchase of materials and rental of the machine rather than a purchase of cigarettes), the state insists that this is a decision based on safety rather than revenue.
The Lawrence Journal-World looked at why it may be a long road back for roll-your-own shops; they would have to apply for a cigarette manufacturing license and track down the state-approved rolling papers (which the cigarette-machine vendor insists is not currently available for purchase).
Meanwhile, across the state line in Missouri, Democratic lawmakers are calling for a higher state cigarette tax. At 17 cents per pack, Missouri has the lowest cigarette taxes in the country.