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Florida Bong Ban Bill Passes Senate 31-2 But Now Doesn't Actually Ban Bongs

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A day after a bill that would ban the sale of bongs and certain pipes in Florida overwhelming passed the Florida House, its sister bill found similarly broad support in the Senate. The bill passed the legislative body 31-2 today, and will now head to Gov. Rick Scott.

Though, the bill has been considerably watered down since its inception and would have virtually no effect.

See also:
- Anti-Bong Bill Passes Florida House 112-3

While other states are loosening their laws regarding marijuana (medical or otherwise), Florida politicians seemed determined to crack down on pot, at least in message. The new law would make it a misdemeanor to sell pipes and bongs intended for smoking marijuana. A felony would follow for the second offense.

The final version heading to Gov. Scott would only ban the sale of the pipes (and for that mater anything on this list, which includes things like balloons and duct tape) if the seller is "knowingly and willingly" offering it to someone who would use the device to ingest illegal drugs. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the final bill has basically been stripped of all its teeth.

Meaning people can still buy and sell pipes and bongs if they're for tobacco use. So essentially nothing at all has changed. What a wonderful use of the Florida legislature's time! Good job everyone!

The only "no" votes came from Sen. Jeff Clemons (D-Lake Worth) and Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach).

Rep. Darryl Rousen, a former crack addict who initiated the bill in the House, has admitted that he knew the bill wouldn't actually prevent people from procuring smoking devices, but he just wanted to make it a little bit harder to do so while sending an anti-drug message.

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captainkona
captainkona

This is the scumbag that initiated the legislation:

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/...

Crackhead Rep. Darryl Ervin Rouson.
http://www.gainesville.com/art...

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

tropicgirl
tropicgirl

Rick Scott wants to fill the jails. I would be willing to bet he needs their money for re-election. Which he won't get.

The private knuckle dragging jailers are mad because they got kicked out of FAU. They should be kicked out of the state.

Ben_Murk
Ben_Murk

Meanwhile the medical marijuana bill doesn't get a hearing even though 70% of Floridians support it, lol. wow. 

Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

In the tradition of the fabulous GOP lets pass all these bills to defeat pot legalization so we don't lose the lucrative kickbacks from the prescription drug company lobbyists because as long as its prescribed by a doctor its okay so long as you're not writing scrips in Kentucky or for rush Limbaugh. Wake up folks it's WAY more profitable for THEM to keep pot illegal

crivera1211
crivera1211

And that's our idiotic lawmakers in Florida they pass laws that are so damn retarted instead of focusing on real problems like when it comes to sexual predators living within the a schools radius.

Openeye
Openeye

...." Rep. Darryl Rousen, a former crack addict who initiated the bill in the House, has admitted that he knew the bill wouldn't actually prevent people from procuring smoking devices, but he just wanted to make it a little bit harder to do so while sending an anti-drug message"..... Another "feel good" law that will only accomplish "tobacco users" to now jump through a few hoops. Just what the people need, a crack head Representative writing meaningless law, all at the taxpayers expense, while meaningful legislation sits by and waits to see if there will be anymore expensive time left for it. Florida, I mean really? You elect a damn crack head? You ever seen a reformed crack user? a real one? Oh I've seen them, preachers, drug counselors, ect. But Iv'e never seen one who didn't go back to using eventually. You guys seem to care to take a risk I guess, well here's a taste of the BS.    

Kazooka
Kazooka

What a idiotically pointless job position "Politician" Is. Gone are the days of directing our attention to topics that actually matter. Instead our senators and governors are idleing drolling through things that half-ban freedoms and wast time as well as Tax-Payer money. Seriously, when the fuck is American going to wake up. I'm just glad I don't live in any part of that festering idiot pit they call the "South".  

witbrodt
witbrodt

Glad we have politicians to send us "messages" about how to live our lives.  How would we know otherwise!?

roxy.poxie
roxy.poxie

sooo crack still ok to smoke outa bongs?


nanana
nanana

wow...what a waste of time....

savyrabbit
savyrabbit

I SWEAR Mr. HeadShopMan, I'm buying this bong for TOBACCO, cause I REALLY want a WATER FILTERED hit of BULLSHIT.


kevko_2000
kevko_2000

Thank the fine people of St Pete for voting that buffoon into office!

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

I don't know about you guys, but I sure do feel safer.

alexis64
alexis64

Only in Florida would a known former crack addict win an election.  What's next, Tyron Biggins for Governor?

Florida Crazies
Florida Crazies

this is where the tax payers dollars go...good to know

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

I cannot believe we pay these people to squander away our hard earned cash on bullshit legislation.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

So Florida taxpayer $$ is spent on a bill that does nothing because the sponsor of the bill w/his fake anti drug hardon wants to send a message. Unless that message is "you fucking morons voted us in and are dumber still for paying us to do this dumbass shit!" I can't imagine what else they're trying to say

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

bunch of dinosaurs with no interests trying to change the world before their petty lives end, that culture will die out and we will prevail and be more accepting

John C. Tucker
John C. Tucker

Bunch of fools they are, have they not caught on to the fact that vaporizers are all the rage now.

Tz Terri
Tz Terri

Fucking idiots. Next up banning garden hoses since they can be used to water marijuana.

Alex Nra Shemin
Alex Nra Shemin

Why is the government worried about stuff like this aren't there more important things in the world going on! My tax dollars shouldn't be wasted on politicians arguing about the dumbest shit.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

so everyones moving foward towards marijuana reform.. and ofcourse florida is moving backwards.. FUCK FLORIDA

Adrianlegal
Adrianlegal

leave it to a crackhead to propose such a bill

Mike Worley
Mike Worley

Confusing laws coming out of Tallahassee? Say it ain't so!

Kenia West
Kenia West

"Rep. Darryl Rousen, a former crack addict who initiated the bill in the House, has admitted that he knew the bill wouldn't actually prevent people from procuring smoking devices, but he just wanted to make it a little bit harder to do so while sending an anti-drug message" would probably more happy if people just bough tabacco, right? lol he needs to hit the pipe and stfu.

bluntley
bluntley

@Floydian Slipped Hey you realize that the senator that introduced the bill is a democrat, AKA welfare grabber/pusher. And to TOP it off he is a CRACK HEAD! So there you go. Keep on buying into the left right paradigm and drinking the fluoride in the water. Oh did you get your flushot? The government LOVES you and wants you to be well taken care of.

bluntley
bluntley

@Kazooka Y'all Are just jealous that we have Better landscapes and scenery. Before you were jealous of the free labour system we had so Y'ALL started a war over it. Take your diversity and shove it up your fucking ass. BROSKI

Openeye
Openeye

@Kazooka I'm so glad you are not here as well. One less idiot I have to deal with. Ill take southerners common sense over nothing though. most Northerners have neither common sense, nor intellect. No matter how the media portrays the south, Its 10 times better than every major city in the north Ill promise you that. I have lived all over this country and the south is a good place to raise a family. Can you say that about say..Chicago? San Diego? New York (working mans level)? On and On.... 

initialize
initialize

@Kazooka Excuse me, not everywhere in the south is a festering pit.  Further, not all Americans are blind sheep-a lot of us see what's going on.  Too bad we're the minority.  What do you suggest Americans that are upset do?  Send letters?  

Openeye
Openeye

@roxy.poxie No because of your crack head rep, you have to say the crack in the pipe is "tobacco", don't forget now...

hardygirl78
hardygirl78

@alexis64  Actually have you never heard of former DC mayor Marion Berry. Got caught smoking crack in a hotel room with a hooker, did jail time and got reelected to two more terms.

toonz
toonz

@bluntley It says "former crack head." So, yeah, I'm just going to assume that your reading comprehension is incredibly poor because it makes me feel better about humanity than facing the fact that dipshits like you actually exist and actually believe what you believe.

bluntley
bluntley

@Openeye  AWESOME. Take your trendy socialist ass out this country freak. Great comment OPENEYE

captainkona
captainkona

@toonz

He's a POS crackhead. And a hypocrite. Drug test the punk and I'll believe the results. Until then, he's a crackhead.

basil
basil

@toonz @bluntley toonz I mean I'm not gonna argue but...in an article about politicians I doubt they'd outright say he's a crack addict....former is like sugarcoating it I'm sure he sparks up when no one is looking to get that old 'feel'

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