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Gig Harbor Moves To Ban Bongs, Pipes


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It could soon be a crime to sell pipes, bongs, hookahs and other drug paraphernalia in Gig Harbor.

The city Police Department is proposing new laws aimed at stopping the over-the-counter sale of those items. Parents began complaining last year that their kids were buying them fairly easily.

The proposal won’t stop grandpa from buying a corncob pipe, but it prohibits anything else used for marijuana, methamphetamine, ******* and other drugs.

Owners argue those items are used strictly for tobacco, but police aren’t buying it.

“I don’t know of anyone smoking cigarettes who puts them in a bong,” said Police Chief Mike Davis. “This is all about what a reasonable person would feel.”

WHAT: Gig Harbor’s proposal to ban pipes and other drug paraphernalia sales at local stores.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday at the Gig Harbor City Council meeting.

WHERE: Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.

WHAT’S THE PUNISHMENT? Police would check the city’s smoke shops, convenience stores and other businesses. A storeowner caught selling drug paraphernalia would be hit with a $100 civil infraction. If it happens again within two years, the person would be arrested for a gross misdemeanor.

HOW PREVALENT IS THE PROBLEM? The Peninsula has about three smoke shops that sell the merchandise – two in Gig Harbor, Davis said.

HAVE OTHER STEPS BEEN TAKEN? Davis said his department has been working with the Key Peninsula detachment of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to find a solution. The departments met with and tried to educate smoke-store owners, but police say some are still selling the merchandise.

DO OTHER CITIES ALLOW THESE ITEMS? Tacoma banned the sale of drug paraphernalia two years ago. Pierce County followed suit this year, Davis said.

WHAT EXACTLY WOULD BE BANNED? You can read the proposal by visiting the city’s Web site, www.cityofgigharbor.net. Click on “Public Meetings” and follow the links.

Newshawk: Stoner4Life - 420 Magazine
Source: News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA)
Pubdate: Sun, 24 Sep 2006
Author: Brent Champaco
Copyright: 2006 Tacoma News Inc
Contact: letters@thenewstribune.com
Website: Homepage - News, Sports, Entertainment | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA
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thats dumb, thats just gonna force the kids to make there own bongs and pipes with tin foil, then there all gonna get Alzheimer's
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