State agency wages war on Peace Pipe
For the past four years, Jarred Boyes has been operating Peace Pipe Tobacco Company, supporting his family with the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Last month, that all came to a screeching halt.
A letter from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) advised Boyes that Peace Pipe is in violation of cigarette tax laws.
Boyes, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, sells King Mountain products, which are made on the reservation. His store resides outside reservation boundaries. The WSLCB claims that land is within its jurisdiction, and because the cigarettes Boyes sells don’t have Washington State tax stamps, they are considered contraband.
The letter, w...