Florida Lawmakers Outlaw Sale of Pipes as "Bong Bill" Passes Senate, Heads to Governor

Florida Lawmakers Outlaw Sale of Pipes as "Bong Bill" Passes Senate, Heads to Governor

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida lawmakers took a step in the wrong direction Friday, passing legislation aimed at outlawing the sale of most pipes, water pipes and bongs, while continuing to ignore legislation to allow medical marijuana for the state’s sick and elderly.

The Florida Senate passed House Bill 49 by a 31-2 vote Friday, sending the bill to the Governor’s desk for approval.  The bill passed in the House on Wednesday by a vote of 112-3.

Under the bill, which is a signature away from becoming law, any sale of virtually any type of smoking device will be outlawed, with criminal penalties imposed on offenders. The only pipes — tobacco or otherwise — that will be allowed for sale in Florida must be made of briar, meerschaum, clay or corn cob. Any type of water-pipe would be prohibited.

Any retailer caught selling pipes made of other materials, including glass, would be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.   Second and subsequent violations would jump to a third-degree felony.

The vague law does not specify if the ban applies to internet or mail order sales.

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, one of the two Senators who voted against the bill, argued that marijuana isn’t a dangerous drug and should be allowed under strict regulation.

If signed by Governor Rick Scott, as expected, the law would take effect on July 1, 2013.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/kimrobinking kim robin king

    Write or email all the reps in that state whether you live there are not. They even let you sell bongs in Texas. And Texas is the worst. They must do a lot of gerrymandering in that state is all I have to say.

  • pierider

    More conservative stupidity.

  • Mike

    If you’re a politician, all I can say is it’s stupid to piss into the wind when a hurricane is coming in the next election…

    I suppose they’ll outlaw the standard 12 oz aluminum beverage can next? Generations of heads have made instant, disposable pipes out of one of them, as needed, available anywhere.

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  • pcb

    What a bunch of nitwit officials. I guess my online store that gets taxed for sales just stole some revenue from the State of Florida. Oh, but they got all the drug dealers homes that cannot be taken since in Florida a conficted felons property is protected by state law. They are picking the splinter out of retail and leavn the plank in the eye of drug dealers. Real intelligence, what a bunch of fk’n idiots. Guess they’ll be lookn for new jobs in the near future.

  • pcb

    Guess what, these idiots just put more $$ in the Cartels hands. Now when u buy a 1/2 bag the drug dealer will sell u @ a discount a bong too. What idiots do vote into these offices? They must be drug the night before. OMG

    • KB

      AGREED

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Bekkerman/587609625 Alex Bekkerman

    Florida is adamant on being the state that goes down in history as having the most retarded officals.

  • Liberals are for Liberty

    Small government conservatism. The party of personal freedom, liberty, and responsibility. Anyone who votes Republican or Libertarian because they believe that bullshit is a moron. Conservatives like saying the word “freedom” a lot as they simultaneously take it away. You Ronpaultards get what you deserve.

  • Bhonze

    What Dumb F^&ks; Florida will just loose out on the taxes becaouse you can order them online YOU SUPID F^&KS and have them delivered to your home!! How ignorant!

  • Rob

    This makes no sense. Why are they bothering to WASTE their time. Do they really have NOTHING better to do? This is a foolish gesture at best, what the fuck are they trying to prove here?

  • Joe

    I thought America was a country that the people can choose what they want. It seems the positions ignore the polls and simple go with what they think is best. Well the polls are apparently saying more than half of America think the are WRONG! This will not make the tiniest bit of difference simply becuase the ability of the government to be corrupt outweighs the people desire the fix a problem.

  • Greek

    lost my vote

  • Ron

    That does it for me. I will never go to Florida.

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  • http://ablogination.tn420.org/blog captainkona

    This is the scumbag that initiated the legislation:

    http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4428&SessionId=75

    Crackhead Rep. Darryl Ervin Rouson.
    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20101213/articles/101219828

    Call him out.

    Capitol Office
    212 The Capitol
    402 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
    Phone: (850) 717-5070

    District Office
    Suite D
    6501 25th Way South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33712-5665
    Phone: (727) 906-3200

    OR

    Manatee Office: Suite 304
    302 Manatee Avenue East
    Bradenton, FL 34208-1901
    Phone: (941) 708-8570