A local representative's push for a state bong tax has turned into a proposal for an all-out ban.
Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, had proposed a tax on tobacco accessories used to smoke illegal drugs. But on Thursday, a House committee decided to change the bill.
Under the new version, only stores that make 75 percent of their revenue from tobacco sales will be able to sell smoke pipes.
Rouson, however, said he believes he can convince his colleagues to sign off on the bill.
"Hopefully there are those of good heart, good intentions, who understand the burden on society that's costing us from addiction, from the illnesses of people, from the drug trade," Rouson said. "Hopefully good people will realize that they should just stop selling these items."
The bill now will head to the full House.
March 12, 2010