Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs Wants to Ban Selling Bongs to Kids, Unless Mom's There

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs is putting down the bong-hammer.

Scheduled for tomorrow's commission meeting is a requested motion to direct the county attorney to draft an ordinance that would ban the sale of "smoking devices" to kids under age 18.

"Businesses required to be authorized to sell smoking devices under Florida Statute will be prohibited from the sale of smoking devices to minors under the age of 18 without the consent and presence of the minor's parent or legal guardian," the agenda item says.

The county code currently has only one tobacco regulation, since Florida Statutes has wide-ranging rules already in place.

It bans retailers from keeping an "open display" of tobacco products, where a customer would have access to said products without the help of an employee. If a store does have the "open display," it can't allow anyone under age 18 into the shop.

Now Jacobs wants to add an ordinance banning kids from getting a hold on "smoking devices," which include the following according to Florida Statutes:

  • Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic smoking pipes, with or without screens, permanent screens, or punctured metal bowls
  • Water pipes
  • Carburetion tubes and devices
  • Chamber pipes
  • Carburetor pipes
  • Electric pipes
  • Air-driven pipes
  • Chillums
  • Bongs
  • Ice pipes or chillers

The aforementioned devices, which are often used to smoke weed tobacco, are not prohibited from falling into the hands of youngsters under 18.

Under Jacobs' proposed ordinance, that would change.

Pending the county attorney's drafting of the ordinance, kids would have to bring a parent or legal guardian along to the head shop authorized retailer of smoking pipes and devices to buy their new piece.

For anybody who feels the need to protect the kids' rights to get high without their parents' help, the motion is item number 20 on tomorrow night's commission meeting agenda.

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