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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…

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Darryl Rouson’s anti-bong bill moves forward

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“There are many hypocrisies in our society. Most we won’t do anything about in our lifetime,” said Florida Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg. “But some we can chip away at incrementally.” The bill (which I track with LobbyTools), cosponsored by Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, would forbid Florida retailers from selling a list of pipes — including any made of metal, wood, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic — unless 75 percent of their sales are tobacco. State Rep. Erik Fresen,…

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Darryl Rouson’s anti-bong bill moves forward

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“There are many hypocrisies in our society. Most we won’t do anything about in our lifetime,” said Florida Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg. “But some we can chip away at incrementally.” The bill (which I track with LobbyTools), cosponsored by Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, would forbid Florida retailers from selling a list of pipes — including any made of metal, wood, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic — unless 75 percent of their sales are tobacco. State Rep. Erik Fresen,…

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