Five Things You Need to Know About the Florida Bong Ban
Today, the much ballyhooed Florida ban on smoking devices goes into effect. The legislation -- the brainchild of ardent antidrug Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg -- has been drumming up a lot of controversy since it was introduced at the start of the session. The original provision basically wanted to swing a magic wand over all bongs and pipes and -- WHAM! -- they'd be illegal in Florida. But thanks to some surprisingly effective and organized pushback from head-shop owners, the actual law going into effect is much different. Here's what you need to know.
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5. "Ban" is a bit of an overstatement. We here in the fourth estate have been plastering the phrase "bong ban" everywhere since the legislation was first kicked around at the beginning of the year. And although the bill originally would have made it illegal to purchase smoking devices inside the state lines, the work the governor signed off on was significantly watered down. How watered down? "Basically, what it means is business as usual," says Jay Work, owner of the four South Florida Grateful J locations.