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Cigar group wants Idaho to ban ‘blunt wraps’

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    BOISE - The Cigar Association of America wants Idaho to outlaw “blunt wraps,” a type of roll-your-own cigar wrapper, as drug paraphernalia.

    Russ Westerberg, lobbyist for the group, told the Idaho Senate Judiciary Committee today that “blunts” traditionally were cigars rolled in a single, continuous tobacco leaf, which had a blunt end as opposed to a tapered end. “In recent times, the term ‘blunt’ has become associated with marijuana or joints,” he told lawmakers.

    The wrappers, which are made of tobacco, often flavored, and sold in cigar stores and convenience stores for little more than a dollar apiece, “are becoming popular with users of marijuana and other illegal substances,” Westerberg said. “If there is a legitimate use, at a minimum any legitimate use of a blunt wrap would pale in comparison with the illegal one,” he declared. “Near as we can tell, there is no legitimate use for a cigar wrap.”

    Senators on the panel had some questions, but voted unanimously to introduce the bill. Said Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, the committee chairman, “It is so typical of what we’ve faced within the whole drug culture - they’re always coming out with some new technology to be ahead of us.”

    Westerberg told the senators that if there’s any legitimate use for the products, those who legitimately use them can make their case when the bill comes up for a hearing.

    He said the tobacco in the wrapper, plus the flavoring, are popular with marijuana users because they can help disguise the marijuana aroma.

    The bill, as introduced, would ban “blunt wraps, including individual tobacco wrappers, also known as wraps or roll your own cigar wraps, that are made wholly or in part from tobacco, including reconstituted tobacco, whether in the form of a leaf, sheet or tube, and that are used to hold any burning material or illegal substance.”

    January 17, 2011
    Betsy Z. Russell
    The Spokesman-Review



  1. Alfa
    Interesting to see this coming from the tobacco industry.
  2. Moving Pictures
    What about papers? No one uses double-wides for cigarettes and I guarentee most of Zig-Zag's income is from pot heads.

    Also, you can buy single cigars for the same price or less than a "blut wrap". Most people I know don't even use them, they just buy a single cigar and cut it open and refill it with weed.

    Banning blunt wraps isn't going to do anything to stop people from doing drugs.
  3. chaos69
    It is pretty ridiculous how the minds of anti drug people work. Thinking that banning paraphernalia will actually reduce drug use. Like the banning of bongs in Australia. What are they gonna ban next? Hoses, foil and coke bottles?
  4. godztear
    My guess would be that individually wrapped cigarillos are taking some hit in the profit margin due to blunt wraps which is helping push the pen.

    I found that pretty funny. Blunt Wraps - Technology From Outer Space! :crazy
  5. 80sbaby
    hahahah i know right.
    Yeh pretty typical. Obviously, these blunt wraps are gaining market control over there.
    I mean, there is no other explanation, besides a real ignorant square dinosaur not wanting to look at a blunt wrap when he walks into the gas station and be reminded of how his world has so drastically changed, and ooo back in my day! fuck off.

    So yes, cigar sales will rise, thanks to the cigar "lobbyists". bc face it, this is nothing more than politics.
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