Posted on June 19, 2013 by News Admin
Starting July 1, Florida residents won't be able to buy bongs. Instead, you'll have to purchase water pipes for tobacco use only (nudge-nudge, wink-wink).
Gov. Rick Scott signed the ban into law June 5, though it's significantly less restrictive than originally proposed by former crack-addict Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg.
Originally, the bill would have outright banned bubblers and bongs and anything else deemed to be drug paraphernalia. But after several changes, the bill now only makes selling bongs and pipes a crime if the person "knowingly and intentionally" sells it for pot use. Interestingly, pipes made of corn cob, clay, briar or meerschaum don't apply.
So, basically nothing has changed considering every head shop in the country already does that to avoid federal drug paraphernalia charges.
"If you come in referencing illegal substances, then we wouldn't sell it to you," an employee of Headquarters Tobacco & Gift Shop in Hialeah, Fla. told the Miami New Times. "But that's how we have always operated."
"It doesn't change a thing in the way we do business," the owner of four smoke shop locations in Broward and Palm Beach County told the New Times.
A first offense for head shop owners found guilty of selling paraphernalia is a criminal misdemeanor charge. Subsequent violations are considered felonies.
So basically, Florida, just be smart and don't walk in a head shop talking about how stoned you plan to get off your first rip of weed out of that shiny new bong. Play it cool.
"As a smoke shop, I only sell products for tobacco purposes," one owner says. "I'm going to kick you out if you reference drugs."
We've helped thousands of happy customers start & run their medicinal & recreational businesses in all legal states. Whether you're serious, curious or just looking to gather information, GreenZipp can help.
Primarily through word-of-mouth alone, GreenZipp has become the company people trust to help start and run their legal marijuana businesses. For the last 4 years, people have been using GreenZipp because it's famously easy, straight forward, with no hidden costs. Combine that with our best-in-the-biz customer service, and you've got a unique and delightful offering of products and services.
We've been in business for 5 years, so you can depend on us to alleviate the anxieties and pressures of starting and running your business. Not once, has a single customer ever been in trouble with the law - ever. We're extremely proud of that number. Our job is to keep you safe and compliant with regulations and allow you to run your company without fear or anxiety. We've gone and will continue to go to the ends of the earth for our customers. Learn more about our company.
Many customers come to us saying that they've been told they need a lawyer to start their businesses. Sure, you can definitely use them, but you don't need them. Heck, you can even do it yourself if you don't mind putting in the time and making some costly mistakes from time to time. We take the complicated, confusing and time-consuming process of starting or running your marijuana business and boil it down to plain, detailed and easy-to-follow steps. Or, we can just do the whole process for you.
Here's the best part: We're so effective, lawyers and law firms hire us to service their marijuana industry clients for them.
Absolutely. You can see how our customers feel about us via an independently certified, 3rd party review website. We're extremely proud of our 5 out of 5 Star rating.
We offer a free Starter Package to help people understand the industry and us a little better. Check it out.
New business owners, seasoned entrepreneurs, investment groups and law firms all rely on GreenZipp. We've been fortunate to earn the repeat business of our customers, including some of the top lawyers and law firms in the country.
There's a lot of (mis)information out there. At best, it's usually speculation from non-professionals, old wive's tales or completely fabricated. It can be tough to navigate. With that in mind, here are a few things we've prepared for you:
GreenZipp is a medical & recreational marijuana consulting firm that's helped thousands of customers establish and run their marijuana businesses in all legal states since 2010. With industry-leading, streamlined and cost-effective products and services that abolish hourly & hidden fees, we'll be sure to make you happy.
We’ll send periodic news, new product releases and exclusive promotions.