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Florida Rep. Darryl Rouson says these are “destructive utensils” that “destroy communities”
A bill passed Wednesday will make it illegal to sell bongs and other glass pipes in Florida.
The “Bong Bill” passed unanimously by both the Senate (36-0) and now by the House (115-0) heads to the desk of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for his signature, reports Brian Hamacher at NBC Miami.
The bill outlaws the sale of the pipes by businesses that don’t make at least 75 percent of their money from tobacco sales, or if they make more than 25 percent of their money from selling the pipes.
Violators could face up to a year in jail.
The bill, sponsored by former crackhead Rep. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), will go into effect July 1 once Gov. Crist signs it.
Last month, Rouson described the pipes as “destructive utensils” that “destroy communities,” reports Michael C. Bender at The Palm Beach Post.
“I’ve been fighting the pipe industry for the longest, because it is all a part of the drug trade and the criminal enterprise that we know exists and destroys neighborhoods, families and order in our society,” Rouson said earlier this month.
“When is the last time you stopped at a red light and saw someone smoking a hit of tobacco out of these one-shooters or water pipes?” Rouson said.
“Florida has a conscience and an awareness that marijuana and the smoking and ingesting of it is not healthy for an individual, nor is is healthy for public safety and the order in society,” said Rouson, displaying a tenuous grip on logic.
Good thing they forgot to outlaw vaporizers… Did I say that out loud?