Senate Bill 366 requires 75% of a business owner’s gross sales to come from tobacco products before they’d be allowed to sell bongs, water pipes and air-driven pipes.
It passed the Senate unanimously, 36-0, on Wednesday.
Supporters of the legislation say the pipes can easily be used to smoke illegal drugs, like marijuana and cocaine.
The proposal could hurt some Panama City Beach businesses, like Condom Knowledge on Front Beach Road.
The business’ owner has posted signs around the pipe display, warning anyone mentioning illegal use will be asked to leave. He says he questions if the bill will do what legislators intend.
Brian Luczaj, owner of “Condom Knowledge,” said, “Pipes are provided for people for sanitary reasons. If you take the sale of pipes away, then they will find something to smoke out of. They’ll make it out of the house and use unsanitary items.”
The Florida House’s companion bill (HB 187) has yet to go to a full vote.
– Article from WJHG NBC.