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April 16, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A law to regulate licenses for places that sell glass pipes and hookahs in Forsyth County will move forward to the public hearing process, in essence asking businesses to also keep a written registry of anyone who purchases these "non-traditional" items.

In order to regulate places that sell "non-traditional" tobacco products, Forsyth County Commissioners want to institute an annual license fee, which has not been determined, by Dec. 1, 2013. The cost of the fee will be based on what it would cost to enforce the law administratively.

In addition, every licensee "shall maintain a written register of the name and address of every customer who purchases any item of non-traditional paraphernalia."

The "bongs" and hookahs have long been associated with marijuana and synthetic marijuana use, said County Attorney Ken Jarrard.

"We do have law enforcement in the community, who are willing to come to a public hearing and say, 'When they do a drug bust or drug arrest, these are the sorts of materials they find at the scene,'" Jarrard said.

Jarrard expects the county will get sued on this new regulation, but he's confident that with law enforcement support, the new law will stand.

"We have to come up with a reason as to why we are regulating this as compared to cigarettes," Jarrard told Commissioners April 9. "We're making a distinction."

The law would exclude cigarette papers, blunt wraps and traditional tobacco pipes. It's unlikely the law would target cigar shops, Jarrard said.

This article was published in the Forsyth Herald April 17, 2013 edition

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    ridiculous
    April 16, 2013 | 03:53 PM

    This is a prime example of government going too far. Applying a special fee? Give me a break. Since when does the county need more money? I don't see how something can be labeled as illegal just because it has the potential to be used illegally? So i guess cars will now have another fee, so will cigars, coke cans, ratchet sets, apples, and other items you can make a "bong" out of. It's time to stop the government hand-holding.

    Henry Rollins
    FoCo
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    Not So Ridiculous
    April 16, 2013 | 07:17 PM

    When these convenience stores and "smoke" shops put profits above the safety and well being of our county's children it becomes not so ridiculous. This has nothing to do with the government trying to make money. I can, pretty confidently, tell you that generating revenue is not the goal of this initiative.

    In addition to the bongs and other items used to smoke pot, crack, meth or spice, we need to ban those little red roses sold in the cute glass tubes. I don't know about the masses, but I wouldn't present a tacky little rose packaged in a meth pipe to my loved one. I know, call me stuck up! LOL I'd like them to add scales and distribution tools to the list of banned items.

    If these merchants were responsible and didn't put profits above our kids then I wouldn't be supportive of this initiative nor would I have brought it forward in the first place when I was on the Board of Commissioners. There is no use for drug paraphernalia, synthetic marijuana (spice), bath salts or ephedrine packaged as vitamins in our community. None whatsoever.

    Patrick Bell
    FoCo
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    give me a break
    April 17, 2013 | 08:33 AM

    So you're going to march out the fact that these pipes are ruining your children? got news for ya pal, its your kids that are fueling demand for these products. if you dont want them, dont buy them. good luck fighting your drug war too. its done so well since the 60s that you may have a shot. oh wait....

    Henry Rollin
    FoCo
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    Another government program disguised to help the "children"
    April 23, 2013 | 09:29 AM

    Patrick Bell, stop being a self righteous FORMER county commissioner. Where in the WORLD do you feel it is the role of government, any government to regulate behavior that does not deny ANYONE their right to life, liberty or property? This isn't about "the children" as you say. This is about adding another layer of government fee collection.

    Like Henry said, ANYTHING can be used as a "Bong". Will I have to sign a register for every APPLE that I buy?

    If the FCSO has this much time on their hands, maybe we should cut their budget even further.

    ForsythCitizen
    Cumming
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    Another government program disguised to help the "children"
    April 23, 2013 | 09:29 AM

    Patrick Bell, stop being a self righteous FORMER county commissioner. Where in the WORLD do you feel it is the role of government, any government to regulate behavior that does not deny ANYONE their right to life, liberty or property? This isn't about "the children" as you say. This is about adding another layer of government fee collection.

    Like Henry said, ANYTHING can be used as a "Bong". Will I have to sign a register for every APPLE that I buy?

    If the FCSO has this much time on their hands, maybe we should cut their budget even further.

    ForsythCitizen
    Cumming
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