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Florida Senate passes bill that could eliminate head shops

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Is any Democrat having a more meaningful impact this legislative session than Darryl Rouson, who has three substantial bills working through the Legislature?

From Mitch Perry: A bill that would forbid Florida retailers to sell bongs, water pipes and other paraphernalia unless that establishment makes at least 75% of all of its profits on tobacco-related products passed 36-0 in the Florida State Senate yesterday.

CL readers may recall our story earlier this month on the issue, which is being sponsored by St. Petersburg Democrat Darryl Rouson in the House, where the legislation now goes.

As we reported in that piece, head shop owners throughout Florida are fighting mad about the issue, particularly because they say that the legislation is aimed at cracking down on crack cocaine users, who they insist is not their clientele.

And they say that if the proposed bill is passed, it will simply drive such sales to the Internet, and hurt Florida retailers during one of the worst economic slowdowns in the state’s history.

There is a website dedicated to fighting against the legislation,

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