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Anti-Bong Bill Passes Florida House 112-3

Categories: Drugs, Politicks
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While other states are legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot, Florida is going in the exact opposite direction. A bill that would ban the sale of pipes and bongs that could be used to smoke marijuana passed the state House yesterday with a lopsided 112-3 vote.

See also:
- Ten Homemade Smoking Options if the State Bans Bongs and Glass Pieces (New Times Broward-Palm Beach)

The law would make it a misdemeanor to sell any pipes or bongs made of glass, metal, acrylic or, stone. A second offense would warrant a third-degree felony. Pipes made of briar, meerschaum, clay, or corn cob would still be legal.

The bill was sponsored by Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg who overcame a cocaine addiction. He believes the bill would make it harder for drug addicts to get pipes and would send a strong message that drug use is bad. Apparently he's unaware that with a little ingenuity, people can make a bong out of just about anything.

Opponents, however, point out the bill could spell disaster for some small businesses in an already economically fraught time. One head shop owner tells WESH that she believes up to 300 businesses could go under because of the law.

Bong and pipe sales are already highly regulated in Florida. Only stores that make 75 percent of their income from sales related to tobacco are allowed to sell pipes.

Of the three members who voted against the bill, two were Republicans and one was a Democrat.

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gendarme
gendarme

Are you really sure Rousson is off crack? Doesn't sound like it. Maybe if he murders someone we can finally ban guns. Idiot.

catherinetennant10
catherinetennant10

BOOOO! Cannabis is not a drug and we need to stop passing lawes to lock up non violent people trying to enjoy the herb.

If your a pro-bonger like myself then you might like www.GlassFeed.com

akmac10
akmac10

It's not a Democrat or Republican thing, it's a Florida thing. We make the most stupid and irrational politicans.

KeyWestKara
KeyWestKara

" Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg"

A pill popper....  no joke he is a hard core pill popper...

comeatmebro10
comeatmebro10

I used to smoke all the time but stopped for my own reason people have choices and this will not stop them infact just make things worse i swear you politicians are wack deal with the real issues at hand instead of passing bills that do nothing you just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for nothing hahah FUCKING DUMB ASSES !!!!! 

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

Ill keep growing there while you keep whinning

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

Thats good Keep puting your Hollister shirts on and Remember thats where im from and there no oceans there. Its the valley. Harley davison town and richy valence la bamba. Nortenos gangs are big there.

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

Its a good thing that alumminum recycling only get you $0.50 a pound in florida. While Hollister California buys them for $1.50 a pound. Even buy plastic bottles that make gravity bongs at $0.90 a pound and Glass bottles $0.50 a pound. Out here the garbage is all over the street. I wont recycle here Ill smoke in what I find and keep going home to california to renew my cannabus licence. That easy I think they should put a stop to crack heads and the sell of needles to herion addicts. Your just discriminating and a natural creation of god. If you dont want to smoke dont smoke. You wont stop me from burning. God didn't creat crack plants.

Gosuknehgg
Gosuknehgg

from smoke shops to produce/hardware stores.

Terry Cushing
Terry Cushing

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Peter Castro
Peter Castro

Watch them tax apples, honey bear bottles, and aluminum cans

Peter Castro
Peter Castro

So stupid like this is what is important. Not everyday police get more rights and we the citizen slowly get our constitutional rights stripped.

ahshea2000
ahshea2000

Marijuana should be legal so it can have a sin tax attached to it. People who want to get off don't even smoke the stuff anymore. If you want a reality check look at who's buying spray paint!

Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

Well people your old bongs and pipes just became valuable so thanks Rick for lining the pockets of the black market, you can collect your sales tax off a swinging hairy phallus..

devingn
devingn

Our politicians don't seem to care about discussing the real issues in this state. Keep locking up non-violent offenders, that will really fix our state's economy. I'm curious to see who spent how many hundred-thousand dollars lobbying this bill.

Javier De Armas
Javier De Armas

This will change nothing except mess the economy up for the smoke shops. They can still use apples :)

beamerwil88
beamerwil88

Darryl Rouson, keep your old drug problems out of politics !! This just gives rise to people using alternative methods to smoke and angers those when govermental forces restrict individual freedom. A natural plant found on earth is not a sin ASSHOLE!
Someone pass me a blunt :)

beamerwil88
beamerwil88

Darryl Rouson, keep your old drug problems out of politics !! This just gives rise to people using alternative methods to smoke and angers those when govermental forces restrict individual freedom. A natural plant found on earth is not a sin ASSHOLE!
Someone pass me a blunt :)

Smokeymyweeed
Smokeymyweeed

For all the parents who are happy about this , realise now that your kids will use metal soda cans  and smoke out of  plastic  its worse for them to burn aluminue and inhaled then out of glass, and when they smoke out of plastic itll kill them with CFC's. Be happy there is glass stupid fucks congress is promoting worse health violations by removing glass Stupid fucks.


Smokeymyweeed
Smokeymyweeed

For all the parents who are happy about this , realise now that your kids will use metal soda cans  and smoke out of  plastic  its worse for them to burn aluminue and inhaled then out of glass, and when they smoke out of plastic itll kill them with CFC's. Be happy there is glass stupid fucks congress is promoting worse health violations by removing glass Stupid fucks.


123456
123456

How shallow of you RoscoeParrish, there is nothing wrong with using marijuana. It's much safer and healthier than alcohol and most prescription drugs.

Baskian
Baskian

its not that hard to make a bowl out of an apple or a bong out of a water bottle lol. This won't stop anything plus worst case we can still roll joints lol

hstarbird11
hstarbird11

The saying rings true: give stoners weed and nothing to smoke it out of and they become engineers. I've been making homemade bongs out of plastic bottles, tubing, nuts, and screen since I was 16. Good luck with this RIDICULOUS law. 

Patrice Drolte
Patrice Drolte

Gov. Scott was CEO at the hospital I worked at when he was charged (and convicted) of Medicare fraud. I could have told all you Einsteins who voted for him this is what would happen. SMH.

Cobra
Cobra

how did the house differentiate between a bong that can be used to smoke marijuana and one that can be used for tobacco?? You can use an apple to smoke pot, should we ban apples?? this reeks of let pass a bill without actually reading it...

Erik Bardelas
Erik Bardelas

Does this mean hooka is going to get banned as well?

thisisastupidlaw
thisisastupidlaw

Honestly, I don't see why the coke head would give a fuck about people who smoke pot, but ohthefuckkay. Also, I think the most important thing here is to realize that you don't pass laws that will further cripple the economy when the economy SUCKS because you don't like weed or you think it's immoral or whatever. People who smoke weed don't do anything the disturbs the community. May as well bring back prohibition if we're trying to save lives or something. (sarcasm). Anyway, this is retarded, who elected these assholes?

yourstupid21
yourstupid21

 @donboricua21 are you stupid? marijuana has THC in it which is considered a drug. Lettuce does not. I'm not saying this bill isn't stupid, it is very stupid. But it's ignorant people like you that make others think that people who use drugs are retarded

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

Apparently he's unaware that with a little ingenuity, people can make a bong out of just about anything or this thing called the Internet. So now instead of giving money back to local businesses one can just order from the comfort of home. Stupid out of touch leaders. 

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

"The bill was sponsored by Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg"

rockstarpassionz
rockstarpassionz

Incredible! Miami Dade (Florida) is officially the Pu$$y state of the United States of America. Can't have loud music in high activity locations like South Beach which when I was a kid remember the aroma and sounds that drew in Families, night owls and tourists. They destroyed that ambience! Not to mention the ridiculous law of Breed Specific Legislation that attacks pitbull like breeds, which THEY CANT EVEN properly identify majority of the time. ... and now some Coke head decides hes partied his ass away into destruction.. let me try to kill the little bit the people of the State has to mellow the fuck out///yeah.. let me take that AWAY! Seriously? Go ahead and take a Line of death! Because marijuana doesn't kill you, it simply mellows you out and gives you munchies. OooOo How dangerous!...Thank Goodness im leaving this State, and I was born and raised here. Florida.. your weak

Jorge D Isaza
Jorge D Isaza

Big deal!!! Sales can still be done just only stores that make 75 percent of their income from sales related to tobacco are allowed to sell pipes.

Geral John Pinault
Geral John Pinault

All of these initiatives come from Governor Scott. GIVE RICK A PINK SLIP FLORIDA!!!

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

When you look at the cost of the gate way theory to save people from harder drugs like Heroin over dosing last year there were less than 350 people who OD from Heroin. The cost to society is well over 100 billion a year so if you divide 100 Billion by 350 = $285,7142,857 per person from over dosing. I don't know about you but I think to save a most likely suicidal dysfunctional individual is a hell of a waist of tax dollars.

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

You can thank the Memorial Day crowd for all the new laws that make law abiding people in Miami Beach suffer the remainder of the year.  

esreveR.M.Backwards
esreveR.M.Backwards

@Jorge D Isaza Not once the law goes into effect. 75% is how the CURRENT law reads


mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

The bill was sponsored by Darryl Rouson, a Democrat from St. Petersburg

devingn
devingn

@knowa1 That would be a very one-dimensional interpretation of the cost. Not all 'costs' can be expressed as a monetary amount  Regardless, the bill will just scare entrepreneurs from opening up local businesses. Definitely a few steps backwards. 

rockstarpassionz
rockstarpassionz

@mowmowsisi Even before the Memorial Weekend.. they had included the Noise Pollution long time before that event. Its just ridiculous, they are focusing on dumb things instead of focusing on real issues.

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