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Bill to outlaw bongs advances in Florida House

From AP:

The long pipes commonly associated with marijuana smoking may soon take a hit in Florida.

Legislation aimed at prohibiting the sale of glass and other pipes, commonly called "bongs," sailed through the House Business and Professional Regulation subcommittee on Wednesday.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Darryl Rouson, a self-described former drug addict who says the accessibility of the pipes at hundreds of stores across Florida help perpetuate drug addictions.

He said the pipes can be used to inhale crack cocaine, hash and meth as well as marijuana. After the hearing, the St. Petersburg Democrat said he wants to "take away the convenience of addicts being able to go to the local corner store and buy utensils that can be used for illegal ingestion of drugs. And we want to help law enforcement."

State law now allows only certain retailers to sell the pipes if at least 75 percent of their sales come from tobacco products or they have no more than 25 percent of "certain drug paraphernalia" sales.

The bill (HB 49) would eliminate that exception and make any sale a first-degree misdemeanor. Second and subsequent violations would jump to a third-degree felony.

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R. Berthaut

It's like banning pipes for smoking tobacco. Without the tobacco, the pipe would be useless, wouldn't it?

Redundant

Doesn't this fall under second amendment rights, to be well armed? Pipes don't smoke dope, only people smoke dope.

RelatedTrivia

And the self-destruction of the GOP in Florida continues.

Fill the trunk of your car with grain alcohol and fireworks, text while you are driving it home. Heaven forbid you smoke pot though.

I am assuming this is being done because the Florida GOP wants to lose the entire youth vote?

Billy

Ban spoons, they're making people fat

Legalizepotusa

Just plain stupid. First off pot is not anymore addictive then coffee. Do these people know the blatant corruption racism and fraud that pot prohibition was wrought from? I seriously question the ethics and intelligence of anybody who blindly supports pot prohibition in any form. Those politicians need to be recalled or voted out of office.

Alex

Self-destruction of the GOP continues? Florida GOP wants to lose the entire youth vote?

Hey RelatedTrivia, you do realize that this bill is being introduced by Rep. Darryl Rousor, a DEMOCRAT, right?

Christine

RelatedTriva the REP in from of Darryl Rousors' name implies REPRESENTATIVE, not REPUBLICAN. Accordingly, he is actually a DEMOCRAT

Concerned Floridian

Representative Darryl Rouson's facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/darryl.rouson

Please send Rep. Darryl Rouson a message expressing how ridiculous it is to ban glass pipes in Florida. This man is an embarrassment, focusing on banning glass pipes while Florida's economy is in the dumps.

Darryl Rouson is a DEMOCRAT. What Democrats are going to vote for this nazi next election?

CCraemer

Why are the Democrats letting crackheads represent us? Vote Democrat and all you get is more rules and a bigger nanny state. Vote Darryl Rouson out!

Heavy D

Daryl Rouson, a former crack head and head of the House Democrats should not be telling people they cannot smoke harmless plants.
As a Democratic Committeeman who is a young person, I am appalled at this legislation.
This will be a detriment to all the progress being made by Democrats amongst young people.
The war on drugs is a failure. Incarcerating millions of Americans for nonviolent crimes, disproportionately minorities.
You are notice from this vocal and influential D.
There are more productive things we should be legislating than this nanny state crap.

Redundant

That is a good thing right? If he is a Democrat then it won't get past the Republicans even if it is their favored position.

GRS

I don't know what to say.....this is so stupid and a waste of time. What happened to "personal responsibility" they preach so much?

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Bing Crosby

Daryl Rouson must still be smoking crack if he thinks banning bongs is a good idea for our state when just about every other state is moving in the opposite direction. Apparently Representative Rouson has never heard of Creative Class Theory... Tolerance toward others' lifestyles is one of the main predictors of economic growth in today's economy. Rep. Rouson is attempting to ruin Florida's fledgling economy, while locking up as many black folks in the process... Typical Democrat!!

Clifton B.

Correct me if I'm wrong but can't you smoke drugs out of just tin foil or an empty can and i don't think crackheads, meth useres, etc. would buy a glass pipe when they can barely afford their precious drug in the first place. I would ask Daryl whatever his name was if he normally smoked his crack from a glass pipe or was it from household supplies that are readily available at your local supermarket or a dumpster for that matter.

Heather

Rather than putting a ban on bongs....why not go after the doctors that are writing all these prescriptions for addictive drugs that our children have ready access to. Our kids are not killing themselves with pot...they are killing themselves with the prescription drugs that doctors are handing out left and right. Then, when they get you good and hooked on those drugs, they give you methadone, which is even more addictive to get you off the ones you are already addicted to. These doctors are not writing just one or two prescriptions for people. They are prescribing 5 or 6 highly addictive drugs at a time.

When was the last time you heard that someone died from a pot overdose.....I don't know about you, but I have never heard of such a thing. We are losing are kids left and right from drug overdoses and it's not pot. The drugs that are killing our friends and family members are man made, not nature made.

Wake up people and take a look around you. It doesn't take brains to realize that the only reason prescription drugs are still being sold is because our government is making money hand over fist by allowing these doctor to continue to write out prescriptions for it. Pain killers do more than just kill pain, they are killing our kids.

Pot is a natural pain kill which has been medically proven to help people in pain. Just ask someone who is using it for their cancer.

You will never stop pot smokers from smoking pot by baning bongs. Any household item can be used. What about rolling papers for cigarettes? Are they going to ban them too? People use them to roll joints all the time. How about aluminum foil? Will that be ban too? You can make a pipe out of that.

The only good this ban will do is sending business and tax money out of state. With this ban, our unemployment rate will increase dramatically. There are over 500 smoke shops in the state of Florida.

Rouson claims that you have to go to Georgia in order to buy fireworks, but every year around New Years Eve and every Forth of July, I can drive right down the road to one of those big tents that they set up and buy all the fireworks I want.

Rouson claims to be a "former" crack addict, but I have never met a "former" crack addict that stayed that way. I wonder, does our government do random drug testing on our government employees on a regular basis? Maybe they should and lets start with Rouson.

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