Florida Bong Ban: Can You Buy Pieces Online If Bill Passes?
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There's a lot of paranoid chatter out on the interwebs about the fallout from yesterday's passage in the Florida house of the bong ban. It's understandable. Basically everyone wants to know WHAT IT ALL MEANS? CAN I STILL GET MY PINEAPPLE-FLAVORED TOBACCO ON?
The answer is yes. We're going to clear up some confusion.
First of all, try to peer back through that smoke-clogged memory to high school civics class. The bill only passed in the house. The same legislation must now work through the senate, where it could face a tougher challenge.
Another thing, the bill only regulates retail sales in Florida. As it stands right now, the legislation doesn't target online or catalog sales, only brick and motor store business. This is pretty important for context: yes, you, the recreational pineapple-flavored tobacco smoker, will be inconvenienced by a Florida ban on glass pieces and pipes. But business owners are going to feel most of the impact.
Also, as the bill sits today, it's been watered down some. The ban was pretty heavy-duty at first, including an across-the-board prohibition on pieces made from material other than glass or metal.
Now, the legislation reads as this (emphasis ours): "It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willfully see or offer for sale at retail any drug paraphernalia . . . other than a pipe that is primarily made of briar, meerschaum, clay or corn cob."
The briar and corn cob lobbies reportedly joined forces to pull the right strings in Tallahassee.
Oh, then there's the fact that you could always roll your mango cherry-flavored tobacco in some papers. Just a thought.