House Bill 49, which would “prohibit the sale of certain drug paraphernalia,” is sponsored by Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, and he’s quite plain about its intent.
“The new bill builds on the old bill,” Rouson said. “Rather than just regulating them, let’s just ban them.”
“If we can make people drive to Georgia and Alabama and South Carolina to get fireworks, they can drive to get these utensils of death,” said the overly dramatic legislator.
“When was the last time you pulled up to a red light and someone was smoking a wad of tobacco out of a colored glass one-shooter?” Rouson asked New Times. “When was the last time you walked into someone’s house and on the table was a water pipe they were smoking tobacco out of?”
Back in 2010, Florida made it illegal for most businesses to sell bongs or pipes — only shops that made 75 percent or more of their income from selling tobacco are now allowed to sell the smoking paraphernalia. That bill passed the House by a staggering 115-0 unanimous vote, reports Truth Is Scary.
Just last month, a poll revealed that 70 percent of Floridians support a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana.
Regardless if you’re a Floridian or not, you can help by simply signing a petition on Change.org. HB 49, if passed, could kill thousands of jobs and hundreds of smoke shops throughout the state, according to SmokeTalk.net.
You can sign the petition to stop Florida’s Legislature from banning glass pipes by clicking here.