Does Florida’s Bong Ban Really Ban Bongs?
Joe | Apr 29, 2013 | Comments 1
Earlier this month we told you about lawmakers in the state of Florida and their attempt to ban large amounts of marijuana paraphernalia from being sold in stores.
But the original bill, which would have banned, among other things, drug paraphernalia such as metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic smoking pipes, with or without screens, permanent screens, or punctured metal bowls; water pipes; carburetion tubes and devices; chamber pipes; carburetor pipes; electric pipes; air-driven pipes; chillums; bongs; and ice pipes or chillers, hit some bumps.
A watered-down version of the bill is headed to Governor Rick Scott’s desk after passage in the legislature, but any devices banned in the bill can still be sold for tobacco use only, making the new law – if enacted – relatively useless.
Lawmakers have been so busy debating a useless ban on bongs that they couldn’t even bring a medical marijuana bill to a vote, despite MMJ being supported by 70% of people in Florida.
“Rather than just regulating them, let’s just ban them,” Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), who sponsored the House bong ban bill, said. “If we can make people drive to Georgia and Alabama and South Carolina to get fireworks, they can drive to get these utensils of death.”
Utensils of death? Can anyone in their right mind argue that marijuana is as dangerous as fireworks? And this guy is an actual state rep. in Florida!
In any case, most head shops in the U.S. have to sell bongs, pipes, etc. as being “for tobacco use” only; in fact, a lot of them have to ask you to leave if you talk about marijuana in any way. Once marijuana is legal nationwide, all the silliness and pretending can end. Bongs are for cannabis, say it loud, say it proud.