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New law aimed at "head
shops" may lack teeth

Tampa Tribune, by Christopher O´Donnell

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Posted By:Hazymac, 6/11/2013 10:26:03 AM

Owners of tobacco and so-called "head" shops say they have no plans to stop selling bongs and glass pipes despite a new ban on the sale of the items beginning July 1. The bill, signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott, makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to "knowingly and willfully" sell any device classified as drug paraphernalia, which includes bongs and glass, ceramic, acrylic or ceramic smoking pipes. St. Petersburg Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson, who sponsored the bill, said he is taking aim at the hypocrisy of stores that classify themselves as tobacco outlets but make most

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/11/2013 11:45:52 AM     (No. 9370555)

The problem with the furor over head shops is that one could go to an electrical or plumbing supply shop and purchase items that, although not as "pretty" as you could get from a tobacconist, would work just as well as a conveyance for the smoke. As I have said before, the so-called War on Drugs in unwinnable, and should be abandoned. If paternalistic do-gooder lawmakers continue to treat citizens as irresponsible children in legislation and regulation, that´s exactly what their constituents will eventually turn into.



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