Rick Scott Signs Pipe Ban That Doesn't Really Ban Pipes

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Don't worry, you won't have to ask Steve-O to borrow his coke can weed pipe.
Bro!!!!!! Did you hear bro?!?!? Gov. Rick Scott is such a buzz kill bro!!! He just signed a law that makes it illegal for smoke shops to sell just about every pipe bro!!! Glass, wooden, acrylic, stone, metal, with or without screens, with carubretion!!! We're gonna have to stock up on apples and empty Coca-Cola cans bro!!!

Umm, actually no. Seriously, Florida stoners can chill. Take a hit. Unwind. The pipe ban bill Scott signed has no teeth. So don't expect to see a blow out sale on all smoking devices at your local smoke shops so that they can get rid of all their inventory by July 1, when the law goes into effect. Thanks to the Florida Smoke Shop Association, it's business as usual.

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

"It doesn't change a thing in the way we do business," says Jay Work, owner of Grateful J's, with four smoke shop locations in Broward and Palm Beach County. Work along with the owners of 75 stores around the state joined forces to effectively neuter the pipe ban bill -- championed by state Rep. Darryl Rouson from St. Petersburg, who believes getting rid of pipes is going to stop pot heads from smoking their cheeba.

Work says the Florida Smoke Shop Association raised more than $100,000 and hired a lobbyist to make sure their livelihood wasn't destroyed. "If you don't like the way the people who get elected are governing then you have to get involved," Work says. "We beat them at their own game. Unfortunately to play their game, you need to raise money."

The law says that a person has to "knowingly and intentionally" sell a pipe for illegal drug use to get arrested for a criminal misdemeanor. A second offense will lead to a third degree felony. That means a smoke shop owner or employee has to know without a doubt that you intend to buy a pipe for drug use. They can still sell pipes for tobacco purposes only.

"If you come in referencing illegal substances, then we wouldn't sell it to you," says John, an employee of Headquarters Tobacco & Gift Shop in Hialeah. "But that's how we have always operated."

Indeed, the shop has a sign warning customers that any reference to illegal substances will get them kicked out. The same goes for Midtown Smokeshop at 3503 NE Second Ave. "As a smoke shop, I only sell products for tobacco purposes," says owner Victor. "I'm going to kick you out if you reference drugs."

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motas47
motas47

From what I've read the bill bans the sale of everything except for a few wood and corn cob pipes.  How is that business as usual?

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

still unbelievably draconian, useless, counterproductive, and archaic. This bill will do one thing, however... cost Florida more money to process these arrests and tie up court time... gosh, what a backwards state. 

Felipe Raposo
Felipe Raposo

what a waste of time. Most head shops wont admit what they're used for either, I mean this was li9ke an unspoken rule. You don't go into a head shop and go, HEY I HAVE A TON OF HASH, WHAT WORKS BEST? One shop in Tucson if you mentioned any kind of illegal drug, you were automatically kicked out. Which shows how much of a square Rick Scott is cause any true smoker knows when to be discreet. duh!

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

When will the New Times seriously advocate on behalf of realistic goals such as abolishing mandatory minimum sentences?

James Eagles
James Eagles

he should ban smoking at all public gatherings while he's at it! ruin your own lungs, but don't take me with you.

James Eagles
James Eagles

it only matters if you buy, sell or use pipes or products consumed in such said pipes. what a freaking waste of good money to do drugs in the first place.

freedomfighter
freedomfighter

damnnn i spent a shit lot of money on bongs or pipes thanks to this asshole!

Jon Kohler
Jon Kohler

youd think he would want business to sell more products to increase tax revenue for him and his cronies to siphon off rather than less...

Crystal Capettini
Crystal Capettini

well, then, how does this law change anything? I thought this was always "understood" between head shops and their customers????

Joao De Nacimiento
Joao De Nacimiento

If you're caught smoking weed, from a pipe or bong. It's a 3rd degree felony. That is what the bill does.

GinnetteG
GinnetteG

Wow this is the biggest most ridiculous waste of tax payer's money!! Seriously guys, how about figuring out how to bring down our deficit, or how about making laws that actually mean  something for the bettering of our citizen's lives and our country.  We are a living contradiction -- some states legalizing weed and others banning pipes??? Com'on .... seriously!??! Get it together America, you really just continue going downhill.... it has been too many years of disappointment.  TIME FOR A REAL CHANGE! 

rod68lima
rod68lima

what  a waste of tax payer dollars, come on Florida..try to keep up.

jimycrakho
jimycrakho

so..as long as you smoke joints only...no felony??

SEEYAA
SEEYAA

Ginnette you are literally "smoking"!

Exiliado
Exiliado

@Vince Witty 

Dumb? Rick Scott is not dumb. Those who voted for him maybe.

Also, he just signed a bill that was passed in both the Senate and the House. If we talk about dumb, we have to include also all the legislators that voted for this nonsense of a bill, especially the one that "championed" it.

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