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Rockmart, GA passes drug paraphernalia ordinance
    #4410595 - 07/16/05 03:28 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Rockmart, GA passes drug paraphernalia ordinance
July 14, 2005 - Rockmart Journal

Days are numbered for the sale of high-powered "turbo" butane lighters and other products that the City of Rockmart defines as "drug paraphernalia."

The Rockmart City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday to address growing concerns with "drug-related" merchandise sold primarily at local convenience stores.

Also targeted are such things as: glass tubes marketed as novelty flower vases (actually, a crack or meth pipe, police say); "reefer" papers; Chronic Candy (with artificial marijuana flavoring); and other products believed to be associated with illegal drug use.

A draft of the city's new drug paraphernalia ordinance was presented at the council's June meeting. Last week the council approved the final version, with one "blank" that had to be filled in later: a description of the types of lighters that will not be allowed.

Police are concerned about lighters that put out a very intense, hot flame. Rockmart Police Chief Larry Harris explained that devices are being sold that produce a flame far and beyond the size and heat necessary to light a cigarette or cigar. These have an illicit purpose, he said. "That's for a meth or crack pipe," Harris said.

Council discussed the difficulty of making a distinction between something that could have a legitimate purpose, and a device that is clearly illicit in nature.

Mayor Curtis Lewis pointed out that hardware stores sell torches used to melt solder, such as used for some plumbing applications. Sometimes these are also used by drug abusers. Curtis wanted to ensure that the ordinance doesn't accidentally make illegal something that is a useful tool.

City Attorney Mike McRae said intent is taken into consideration by the law. As an example, he pointed to recent federal busts in Rome. Several store owners were charged because they were selling cold and allergy products containing pseudoephedrine - a known ingredient used to make crystal methamphetamine - to customers by the case.

"If they have 70 packages up front and you buy 10 - you're not buying that for any legitimate purpose," McRae said.

McRae said the city's ordinance will not target materials or devices that have a clear, legitimate purpose.

City Manager Jeff Ellis said an enforcement deadline will be set after copies of the ordinance are distributed to merchants.

The council had proposed setting an effective date of July 19 (Tuesday) for enforcement; however, Ellis said police will probably begin writing citations for violations around the first of August.

The ordinance sets a fine of up to $500, or 30 days jail, or both, for a first offense; and a maximum $1,000 fine plus up to 6 months in jail for a second offense. A third offense is designated as a felony and cases will be sent to state court.

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Re: Rockmart, GA passes drug paraphernalia ordinance [Re: veggie]
    #4411806 - 07/16/05 03:27 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

This is laughable. I wonder if they'll also take down their shot glass products that are usually on display at almost every convenient store counter I've been to. My intuition tells me no.

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Re: Rockmart, GA passes drug paraphernalia ordinance [Re: veggie]
    #4412234 - 07/16/05 06:09 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

glad i dont live in rockmart.

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    #4414386 - 07/17/05 12:39 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Butane lighters like that are nice for a cigar.....

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Re: Rockmart, GA passes drug paraphernalia ordinance [Re: veggie]
    #4414596 - 07/17/05 01:34 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)


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Re: Rockmart, GA passes drug paraphernalia ordinance [Re: veggie]
    #4418091 - 07/18/05 08:04 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

"The ordinance sets a fine of up to $500, or 30 days jail, or both, for a first offense" for the crime of having "Candy (with artificial marijuana flavoring)".

That is correct folks, spend 30 days in jail and loose $500 because you have some candy that tastes like hemp. Time to buy a gun and start robbing people for a living... obviously they don't care about violent crimes anymore when they are making flovored candy illegal.

Just another spore in the wind.

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