Should drug paraphernalia be restricted

first_imgPipes, bongs, scales and other “tobacco use only” products in local convenience stores may soon be put out of children’s reach, and sight.Vancouver and Clark County are considering a new law that would require the various accoutrements of getting high to be located in a portion of the store restricted to those 18 and up.“The unfortunate perception that could be left with the youth of the community is that the use and sale of these paraphernalia … condones use of the drugs themselves,” City Attorney Ted Gathe told Vancouver City Council in a workshop Monday afternoon.A survey by anti-drug group PREVENT! Coalition found that 16 percent of nonchain convenience stores in Clark County carry drug paraphernalia, often at the front counter.But while most agree that removing bongs from the eye-level of 8-year-olds is a good idea, Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook also warned the city council that enforcing any new laws will be a burden on his department, which already struggles to keep up its service levels.last_img

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