A new Oregon bill would severely limit the sales of marijuana paraphernalia like bongs and pipes.
House Bill 2556 would ban headshops, gas stations and any other outlets that aren’t designated cannabis retail outlets or dispensaries from selling marijuana paraphernalia such as bongs, pipes, roach clips, scales and testing equipment. Businesses that don’t follow these guidelines would be fined $2,000.
“Marijuana paraphernalia can be bought at gas stations, mini marts and stores that sell tobacco”, says Representative Jodi Hack, the bill’s sponsor. “Kids will often purchase the paraphernalia under the premise of using it to smoke tobacco. Marijuana paraphernalia should not be accessible to our children”.
“I think the local community would be pretty pissed off… it’s significant [and]I take this personally.” Mark Herer who runs the smoke shop Third Eye, told local news affiliate KATU 2.
Herer says the bill would force him to shut his doors, even though the business has been in the family for over 30 years.
“I don’t think this is going to solve anything, making tougher restrictions. That’s a way to go but it’s taking thousands of people’s livelihoods away,” says Herer.
House Bill 2556 has been assigned to the House Marijuana Regulation Committee.
According to the measure, drug paraphernalia “includes, but is not limited to:”
(a) Kits marketed for use ordesigned for use in unlawfully planting, propagating, cultivating,growing or harvesting of any species of plant which is a controlled substance or from which a con-trolled substance can be derived;(b) Kits marketed for use or designedfor use in manufacturing, compounding, converting,producing, processing or preparing controlled substances;(c) Isomerization devicesmarketed for use or designed for use in increasing the potency of anyspecies of plant which is a controlled substance;(d) Testing equipment marketed for use or designed for usein identifying or in analyzing thestrength, effectiveness or purity of controlled substances;(e) Scales and balances marketed for use or designed for usein weighing or measuring con-trolledsubstances;(f) Diluents andadulterants, such as quinine hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, dextrose andlactose, marketed for use or designed for use in cutting controlled substances;(g) Separation gins and sifters marketed for use or designed for use in removingtwigs and seedsfrom, or in otherwise cleaning or refining marijuana;(h) Containers and other objects marketed for use or designed for use in storingor concealingcontrolled substances; and(i) Objects marketed for use ordesigned specifically for use in ingesting, inhaling or otherwiseintroducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish or hashish oil into the human body, such as:(A) Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone,plastic or ceramic pipes with or without screens, per-manent screens or hashish heads;(B) Water pipes;(C) Carburetion tubes and devices;(D) Smoking and carburetion masks;(E) Roach clips, meaning objects used to hold burning material that hasbecome too small or tooshort to be held in the hand, such as a marijuana cigarette;(F) Miniature cocaine spoons and cocaine vials;(G) Chamber pipes;(H) Carburetor pipes;(I) Electric pipes;(J) Air-driven pipes;(K) Chillums;(L) Bongs;(M) Ice pipes or chillers; and(N) Lighting equipment specifically designed for the growing of controlled substances.(3) “Drug paraphernalia” does not include hypodermic syringes or needles.[(4) For the purposes of thissection, “marijuana paraphernalia” means all equipment, products andmaterials of any kind which are marketed for use or designed for use in planting, propagating,culti-vating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing,testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting,inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body marijuana in violation ofORS 475.840