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West Virginia businesses couldn’t sell bongs, bowls, mini spoons or other items marketed for illegal drug use under a proposal passed by the House of Delegates.
House lawmakers voted 94-2 Wednesday to make intentionally selling drug paraphernalia in West Virginia a misdemeanor, punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and six months to a year in jail. The Senate will consider the bill next.
Some pipes, roach clips, tubes, masks and cigarette papers are among 15 items the bill deems paraphernalia.
Whether a product is ultimately declared drug use equipment would depend on its instructions, how it’s marketed or displayed, how often it’s bought for legitimate purposes and if a business sells related legal products.
The bill exempts items bought with doctors’ prescriptions, or pipes, papers and accessories for tobacco.