e 6-cent stamps are to be sold only in specified areas near Oklahoma borders. Some tribally licensed stores are shipping cigarettes with the 6-cent stamps to other areas, especially around Tulsa, state officials said
The first rule was suspended after the Osage Nation filed its lawsuit. The second rule, which went into effect in June, has been withdrawn.
"It would have created other problems and more litigation,” Meacham said. "It was not a good idea.”
Meacham made the comments during a symposium on tribal sovereignty at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. This year's session on the tobacco tax was considerably tamer than one on the same subject at last year's symposium. Then, several tribal members complained the state rules would put small tribal tobacco store owners out of business.