Florida bill seeks to outlaw marijuana 'bongs'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House has passed a bill aimed at outlawing the sale of marijuana pipes known as "bongs."

The bill (HB 49) cleared the House on a 112-3 vote Wednesday. The Senate is considering a companion bill.

The measure eliminates an exception that allows certain retailers to sell the pipes if at least 75 percent of their sales come from tobacco products or they have no more than 25 percent of "certain drug paraphernalia" sales. 

Any sale of marijuana pipes would be a first-degree misdemeanor if the bill becomes law. Second and subsequent violations would jump to a third-degree felony.

Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg says his bill sends a message against illegal drug use by making the pipes inaccessible at stores "down the street" from schools.


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