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Bill waiting on Crist’s signature could make pipes, bongs illegal to sell

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Grateful J's in Margate is leading the petition against the bill.

One man’s crusade against water pipes and the marijuana smoked out of them took a step forward this week. Darryl Souson, a Democratic representative from St. Petersberg, has succeeding in getting a bill passed by both the Florida House and Senate that would ban the selling of bongs, water pipes and other drug paraphernalia at shops other than tobacco stores. The bill heads to Gov. Charlie Crist’s desk now for approval. Click here to see the bill.

Rousson, reportedly a recovering crack addict, has led a crusade against the sale of these products, has proposed different versions of the bill, including a 25 percent tax on them.

According to the Broward/Palm Beach New Times (click here to read their story), Florida smoke shop owners around the state are stepping up to fight this bill based on economic reasons, but also because they will be forced to purchase thousands of dollars in tobacco to keep the pipes and bongs they call artwork.

According to New Times, the group has started a website against the initiative at

Also, this November, voters will decide to legalize medical marijuana at the mid-term elections.

Note: Paul & Young Ron tipped us off to this on their morning show at Big 105.9.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Apr 29 2010. Filed under Broward County, Tallahassee. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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