Last month, Florida lawmakers approved a new bill that will make it more difficult to sell carburetor pipes, chillums, and chillers in the state. Ironically, most members of the House Finance and Tax Council aren’t sure exactly what these items are, but they approved the bill 16-0.
“Head shops” claim they are selling paraphernalia to smoke tobacco, but lawmakers say those items are actually used to inhale marijuana and crack. The bill (HB 187) will prohibit Florida retailers from selling pipes, including those made of metal, wood, acrylic, ceramic, glass, stone, or plastic, unless at least three quarters of their sales are tobacco.
It’s also interesting to note that while the federal government bans the importation of drug paraphernalia, the state of Florida allows their sale once they’re in the state.
Source: ‘Head shops’ the target of bill limiting the sale of pipes to tobacco shops, Palm Beach Post, March 11, 2010.
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