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Bill would restrict sales of items adapted to drug use

Posted June 18, 2009
Updated June 21, 2009

A bill that would restrict the sale of convenience-store items law enforcement official say are used as drug paraphernalia was sent to Gov. Bev Perdue Thursday.

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The bill targets items including some cigars – often hollowed to insert drugs – and rosebuds, or small glass pipes sold for about $3 each. They are sold at convenience stores across the state, and law enforcement agents say that they are used in rolling and smoking marijuana.

“In such a society where we are spending the resources we are spending on drug prevention and drug rehabilitation, (it makes sense) that we shouldn't then allow, or facilitate drug usage, by having crack pipes sold retail at stores,” said Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, the bill's sponsor.

If Perdue signs the bill, stores would have to put these items behind the counter. Anyone buying them will have to show a photo ID, give their name and address and promise they won't use them for illegal purposes.

Store owners must keep a log of who buys the items for two years before destroying the records.

Convenience store owner Steve Myers said he doesn't condone the items or sell them in his store, but said he also doesn't see the need to legislate more red tape.

“To me, convenience store are exactly for that, to get in and out as quick as possible,” Myers said. "With the lottery and everything, it already clogs things up, and then we have this (House bill 722 restrictions) on top of it. And to be honest, to not have a sworn judge in front of people, they're going to sign the paper and be out of here. It's not going to do anything to control the problem."

"I don't know anyone who sent them (legislators) into office to do these type of things," continued Myers.

Rev. Melvin Whitley, a Vietnam veteran and recovering drug addict, indicated support for the bill and said it would cut down on profiting off drugs.

“I think it's a good bill. It adds another step to fighting drug addiction in our communities,” Whitley said. “It's not right to benefit off other people's misery. This is wrong,” he said.


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  • metricula Jun 26, 2009

    Drug prohibition of this type is a huge waste of money. White, affluent people can do all the drugs they want and get off free and clear even if caught. This is just classism that targets people lower on the socioeconomic ladder.

    Also, really? Is this the best they can do to "fight drugs"?

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Jun 19, 2009

    I guess this is the end of paper money. After all, it is fairly well known that rolled up US currency is used to snort powder drugs, such as cocaine.


  • daMoFo Jun 19, 2009

    "...and promise they won't use them for illegal purposes."

    Is the general assembly now allowing four year olds to write legislation? Does it have to be a pinky promise? What if the buyer had his fingers crossed, will that be a legal defense? This is so stupid it sounds like a skit from Saturday Night Live.

  • gingerlynn Jun 19, 2009

    They will just adapt and find other products to use that arent on the list.

  • bill39nc Jun 19, 2009

    The lawmakers better make sure they include the steel wool that they keep behind the counters to sell with the flower tubes so people can make their crack pipes with it....this is the most stupid waste of time and money I have seen in a long time...

  • North Carolina Native Jun 19, 2009

    better hurry up and stock up on tube roses... what are they going to do with the lists? Send out Christmas Cards?

  • GravyPig Jun 19, 2009

    So, you show an ID, and give your name and address, and promise not to use it for drugs. I just don't see it doing any good.

    So if you buy such products, your name and address are on a sheet of paper in one of several thousand stores in the area. I'm sure that does the authorities alot of good.

  • squawk08 Jun 19, 2009

    This is another ridiculous law, now people will just rob stores to get the items. I can see it now, a clerk getting robbed for a rose in the tube thing

  • NothingBetterToDo Jun 19, 2009

    It's not the blunts, the bill says nothing about cigars. It is the "splitters" that have to go behind the counter.

    Read the story again!!!!

    "The bill targets items including some cigars – often hollowed to insert drugs"

  • Sunday Bandit Jun 19, 2009

    This is just more smoke and mirrors to keep the focus off of the tax increases Bev and the rest of the libs have in store for us.they intend to tax our electricity at 6.75% as soon as bev signs the newest tax bill. phillies blouts take up a-lot of weed when used as a paper.have you seen the prices on weed lately...they could solve the deficit by legalizing and taxing the weed.crack heads should be given all the crack they want until their hearts explode and then there will be less of a strain on society and the methadone clinics. more smoke and mirrors i tell you...