Tea Party Governor Makes Pipe and Bong Possessions a Felony
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation that will make possession of a pipe a third degree felony beginning July 1. A third degree felony in Florida could result in a five year prison term, a loss of the right to vote, and a lifelong criminal stigma.
The specific bill in question is HB49 / SB1140. Under the new law signed by Scott, any person caught with a smoking device twice will be subject to a third degree felony charge, even if the pipe has never been smoked in. Therefore this includes hookah and tobacco, not just illicit drugs.
Scott thinks he has the right to put people in corporate-run prison for possessing the following:
(a) Metal, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic smoking pipes, with or without screens, permanent screens, or punctured metal bowls.
(b) Water pipes.
(c) Carburetion tubes and devices.
(d) Chamber pipes.
(e) Carburetor pipes.
(f) Electric pipes.
(g) Air-driven pipes.
(j) Ice pipes or chillers.