"It pretty much disposes of the issue of what a tobacco product manufacturer is," he said.
Operators of roll-your-own outlets contended they were not manufacturers, since they merely sold customers loose tobacco and provided them with access to the machines.
Dalporto said he was surprised Congress acted so quickly to resolve the debate.
"I think this is great," he said. "We're delighted."
During the 2012 regular session of the Legislature, bills were introduced in both the House and Senate to either define roll-your-own establishments as cigarette manufacturers for tax purposes, or ban them outright.
The Senate passed its version of the legislation 32-1, but House leadership deferred action on the bills, pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case.
Griffith said the Tax Department probably will not attempt to collect state cigarette taxes from the outlets until the federal law goes into effect in October, at which point he said he doubts if any of the stores will still be in business.
He said the roll-your-own outlets have not proliferated in West Virginia as they have in other states, with just over a dozen stores operating around the state.
"Because the cigarette tax is relatively low in West Virginia, we really haven't seen the numbers ... as they have in Ohio and some of the high-tax states," he said.
In Ohio, taxes on a carton of cigarettes total $22.50.
Calls to Ciggy Shack, a roll-your-own outlet with stores in Kanawha City and South Charleston, went to answering machines at both locations Tuesday, and employees were not reached for comment.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.