(a)(1) The commissioner shall, after May 25, 1994, require for an initial application for a distributor‘s license, in addition to such other information deemed to be necessary, the filing of three affidavits from three recognized manufacturers of cigarettes stating such manufacturers’ intent to supply the distributor if the applicant is granted a license. A chain store shall be exempt from filing such affidavits. Any pending application on May 25, 1994, and any person purchasing the business of a licensed distributor shall be exempt from filing such affidavits. For purposes of this subsection, “chain store” means the operator or franchisor of five or more retail establishments.

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 12-286

  • Cigarette: means and includes any roll for smoking made wholly or in part of tobacco, irrespective of size or shape and irrespective of whether the tobacco is flavored, adulterated or mixed with any other ingredient, where such roll has a wrapper or cover made of paper or any other material, except where such wrapper is wholly or in the greater part made of tobacco and such roll weighs over three pounds per thousand, provided, if any roll for smoking has a wrapper made of homogenized tobacco or natural leaf tobacco, and the roll is a cigarette size so that it weighs three pounds or less per thousand, such roll is a cigarette and subject to the tax imposed by part I and part II of this chapter. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-285
  • Dealer: means any person other than a distributor who is engaged in this state in the business of selling cigarettes, including any person operating and servicing fewer than twenty-five cigarette vending machines, and any person who is engaged in the business of selling taxed tobacco products, as defined in section 12-330a, at retail. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-285
  • Distributor: means (A) any person in this state engaged in the business of manufacturing cigarettes. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-285
  • Person: means any individual, firm, fiduciary, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, trust or association, however formed. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-285
  • sell: includes or applies to gifts, exchanges and barter. See Connecticut General Statutes 12-285

(2) The commissioner may make public a list of recognized manufacturers of cigarettes.

(b) A separate license shall be required for each class of business if the applicant is engaged in business both as a distributor and dealer. The commissioner shall prescribe the form of application for a distributor’s license and for a dealer’s license. Each license so issued shall be conspicuously displayed on the premises covered by the license.

(c) The commissioner shall make regulations not inconsistent with the law for the licensing of vending machines.

(d) The commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, refuse to issue a license if there is reasonable ground to believe (1) that the applicant has wilfully made any false statement of substance with respect to such application for license, (2) that the applicant has neglected to pay any taxes due to this state, or (3) that the applicant has been convicted of violating any of the cigarette or other tobacco products tax laws of this or any other state or the cigarette tax laws of the United States or has such a criminal record that the commissioner reasonably believes that such applicant is not a suitable person to be issued a license, provided no refusal shall be rendered under this subdivision except in accordance with the provisions of sections 46a-80 and 46a-81.

(e) (1) Any person who knowingly sells, offers for sale or possesses with intent to sell any cigarettes, without a license as provided in this chapter, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both, for each offense. Each day of such unauthorized operation may be deemed a separate offense. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to any person whose dealer’s license has expired, provided the period of operation without such license is not more than ninety days after the date of expiration.

(2) Any person who knowingly sells at retail, offers for sale at retail or possesses with intent to sell at retail any taxed tobacco products, as defined in section 12-330a, without a dealer’s license as provided in this chapter, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both, for each offense. Each day of such unauthorized operation may be deemed a separate offense. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to any person whose dealer’s license has expired, provided the period of operation without such license is not more than ninety days from the date of expiration.

(3) Any person whose dealer’s license has expired and who knowingly sells at retail, offers for sale at retail or possesses with intent to sell at retail any cigarettes or taxed tobacco products, as defined in section 12-330a, where such person’s period of operation without such license is not more than ninety days from the date of expiration of such license, shall be fined three hundred fifty dollars.