Jacksonville Representative Wants to Tax Bongs

Jacksonville representative, Steve Wise, is a co-sponsor of a proposed law that would raise taxes on bongs by 25%. Their theory is that this tax will reduce the amount of people who use the device for smoking marijuana or crack. The Office of Drug Control Policy agrees with the bill. Any revenue gained from this tax supposedly will be used to pay for drug programs in Florida, but the main purpose is to try to control what items retailers can sell. Critics of the proposed law say this tax would not reduce drug use. It may be similar to smoking cigarettes. No matter how much the government raises taxes on smoking, people still smoke. And don’t forget, despite all of the warnings against it from our government, smoking is still legal and the government makes a lot of money from the cigarette industry.

In Jacksonville, if you are caught with a bong with residue on it, you could be arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. This is a first degree misdemeanor punishable for up to 1 year in jail.