On April 28, 2010 the Florida senate passed a bill banning the sale of bongs (and other pipes) commonly sold in head shops.
The bill, which passed 115-0, decrees that it is illegal for a store to sell water pipes (or any other type of pipe for that matter) unless they make 75% of their sales from the sale of tobacco.
Rep. Daryl Rouson (D- St. Petersburg), a former crack head who somehow got put in charge, is the representative responsible for getting this bill passed. It has since been signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist (I).
“I’ve been fighting the pipe industry for the longest, because it is all a part of the drug trade and the criminal enterprise that we know exists and destroys neighborhoods, families and order in our society,” Rouson said earlier this month. “When is the last time you stopped at a red light and saw someone smoking a hit of tobacco out of one of these one-shooters or water pipes?”
Ehhh... guess you kind of got me on this one.
“Florida has a conscience and an awareness that marijuana and the smoking and ingesting of it is not healthy for an individual, nor is it healthy for public safety and the order in society,” Rouson said.
Riiiiiiight Daryl... cause it is pot that is causing all of our societal ills...
This is exactly what a state being hampered by the nagging economic slowdown... a bill by the state government dictating what a small business can and cannot sell. But what are we to expect...
This is yet another story from the State of Florida... a state so fucking ass backwards it inspires the game "Germany or Florida" (a game where one guesses if a particular horrific and /or jackass-erific story heralds from either the twisted nation of Germany or the retarded state of Florida).
Way to go Florida...