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"Bong Ban" is it really in effect?

11:08 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The bill nicknamed the "Bong Ban" is meant to cut out the convenience and accessibility to marijuana paraphernalia.

The law makes it a first degree misdemeanor for a person to "knowingly or willfully sell or offer for sale at retail any of the drug a paraphernalia" -- which means glass pipes should have been snuffed out.

The only exception to the law are pipes that are primarily made briar, meerschaum, clay or corn cob.

But that's not what we found as we took our undercover cameras into multiple head shops and saw case after case of glass pipes and bongs.

Glassware, we were told, is used solely for tobacco use.

But we got more answers when we stepped into a different tobacco retailer when the owner agreed to talk to us, if he could remain anonymous.

"I really got pissed off because I'm losing a lot of money," according to one head shop owner.  

The pipe proprietor adding more than $10,000 worth of invetory could go up in smoke for a store he purchased only a year ago.

"Haven't got nothing from them and a letter hasn't come in," said the owner who wished to remain anonymous. 

So in the meantime his glass is staying on the shelves.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told First Coast News they will most likely be enforcing the new law with the help of the ATF but they don't expect there to be any challenges to the legal precedent that has been set.

First Coast News

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