Today Florida’s full Senate voted 31-2 in favor of a measure to explicitly ban the sell of marijuana pipes, such as bongs, within state border. The measure, which was recently passed by the state’s House with an 112-3 vote, would make it a misdemeanor offense for any one, or any store caught selling marijuana paraphernalia – subsequent charges would result in a felony. With its passage in the state’s legislature, the measure now heads to Governor Rick Scott for final approval.
This measure is not only ridiculous and uncalled for, but it’s entirely unnecessary, and, just like prohibition itself, will do absolutely nothing to deter marijuana usage rates. What it will do, is further corrode basic civil liberties in the state (you’re telling me I can’t sell a piece of glass art because someone might smoke something illegal out of it).
Those in Florida should do all they can to contact their governor, urging him to oppose this move. You can e-mail the governor by clicking here, calling his office at (850)-488-7146, or mailing his office:
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001