Lay Off the Bongs—and the Bong Users

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In response to a bill that would impose a penalty of up to five years in prison for selling bongs and up to three years for possessing them, Israeli Deputy Public Defense Attorney Hagit Larnau this week slammed not only the proposed paraphernalia law but the government's general treatment of cannabis users. (Bongs currently are sold openly in Israel, but this ban is substantially harsher than state and federal paraphernalia laws in the U.S.) Echoing the Nixon-appointed National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, Larnau told a Knesset committee that drug law enforcement aimed at pot smokers causes more harm than the drug use it's supposed to prevent. "The 'enforcement paradox' is that much greater when the issue in question is the use of drugs which cause relatively little harm to users and the nature of which is infrequent and, for the most part, ends with the beginning of serious employment and a person's domestication," she said. "[It's] the social effect and not the drug use itself which ends up harming individuals. It harms their ability to evolve professionally and economically and become normally integrated in society."

[via the Drug War Chronicle]

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  1. “and, for the most part, ends with the beginning of serious employment and a person’s domestication”

    Great. This sweeps the adult, 9 to 5, hard-working, family guy/gal weekend space cowboys under the rug.

    Or are they really that stastically insignificant?

  2. As correct as she is, it’s likey to fall on deaf ears.

  3. To all my Israeli toking friends:

    An acic brush and some shrink tubing, both available at your local hardware store, make a one hitter that is equal to, or superior, to any commercial one hit pipes available.

    Obligatory disclaimer – The preceding is not intended to encourage or justify marijuana (weed from the devil’s garden) use.

  4. I think she is refering, or should I say reefering, to major pot use. Which usually does delcine once you get a job or married. Unless your job is selling bongs with your constantly stoned wife.

  5. I should posted that last one under the name Tommy Chong.

    I should have said “decline” not delcine too.

  6. “Or are they really that stastically insignificant?”

    they’re good at hiding it.

    only the fuckups remain visible.

  7. dhex:

    Stealth smoking is an ancient art.

    I call it “Crouching toker, hidden drag”.

  8. “….a penality of up to 5 years in prison for selling bongs and up to 3 years for possessing them.”

    Anyone who advocates putting someone in prison for 3 YEARS for owning a bong is dangerous, evil and in-fuckng-sane.

  9. “An acic brush and some shrink tubing, both available at your local hardware store, make a one hitter that is equal to, or superior, to any commercial one hit pipes available.”

    I find it disappointing that an entire industry can’t manufacture a pipe superior to the average stoner-McGyver creation.

  10. I just did a home depot search for an acic brush, but it didn’t come up with anything. Just in case it’s a typo, I also tried “acid brush”. No dice.

    Is it known by anything else?

    / not particularly handy

  11. B.P.–

    That would take all the fun out of it. Just give me an empty Coke can, a paper clip to poke holes with, and I’m good to go.

  12. An acid brush is a small metal tube (pencil sized) with an unsealed seam, and a brush protruding out of one end. I have used it secondarily for cleaning intricate mechanical devices. BTW, needle nose pliers greatly help in the fabrication of the pipe.

  13. J dub D – OK, found a picture of what one looks like. Thanks!

  14. Pretty sad that they think this is the answer, people in israel have been smoking cannabis and hashish from hookahs and more recently bongs for a long time now.

    It is a harmless substance, far less dangerous than alcohol.

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