Florida lawmakers propose 25 percent bong tax


Florida lawmakers Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St.Petersburg, have proposed a 25 percent tax on bongs.

Looks like there might be a tax for tokers, folks, even though law enforcement cannot prove that someone who walks into a head shop to buy a bong is necessarily going to use it to smoke illegal substances.

Rouson says that “what we hope to do is get rid of the charade, the hyposcrisy.”

It’s something of a personal crusade for Rouson, who can still recite from memory the date he finally broke his own substance-abuse problems. The lawmaker said he’s been clean for more than 11 years after struggling with crack, alcohol and marijuana.

…And while Rouson suggested the revenue could be used to fund drug-treatment programs threatened by the budget crises, those ills are not the main cause for the legislation.

Instead, Wise said, the aim is to increase the cost of peddling the pipes.

“We’re trying to get to the wholesalers and jack up the price big-time,” Wise said.

Bruce Grant, director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, said law enforcement officers often have an almost impossible task in trying arrest those selling or purchasing the pipes or shutting down head shops because anyone involved can simply say the devices will be used to smoke tobacco.

“You can’t prove that someone has broken a law just because they buy a pipe or a bong or something like that,” Grant said.

What do you think, will this piece of legislation gain any momentum?

    • kels66
    • November 28th, 2009

    It might. But it sounds sort of like bullshit as well. But I’ll be pissed if it does get passed cause they got sick shops in jax. Guess I better start watching more local news in jax about this. lol

  1. haha yeah for sure, it would be a bummer. It’s mostly ridiculous legislation, hopefully it won’t pass.

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