Florida 'Bong Tax' May Turn Into All-Out Ban

By chillinwill · Mar 14, 2010 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    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
    Bay News9

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  1. Thirdedge
    Many Cannabis paraphernalia items are in fact also harm reduction items, they help cool or filter the smoke.

    Banning bongs leads to vendors selling pourers, skullers are flower vases. Ban those too and people use empty coke cans which could be dangerous.

    If politicians were really worried about public health and safety, why not ban weapons instead?
  2. noAverageJoe
    Spot on!
    If it really was all about health and safety, then alcohol would be loooooong gone.
    Weapons would be also. And probably some other things aswell, like fast food and shit.
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