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Pipe dreams


Gazette staff January 18th, 2012

No legislator gets hurt politically by getting tough on crime, and so it is that state Rep. Mike Shelton is calling for stiffer penalties against retailers who sell drug pipes. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. Or not.

The Oklahoma City Democrat announced his proposed crackdown — “crackdown,” get it? — after accompanying state Bureau of Narcotics officers on a Jan. 9 raid of an OKC convenience store that had been selling them.

Under current law, which Shelton authored a couple of years ago, a retailer can face up to a year behind bars and/ or a $1,000 fine for selling a crack or meth pipe. The legislator has vowed to strengthen the measure. 

“Buying a crack or meth pipe,” Shelton said in a news release, “should never be as easy as buying a loaf of bread.”

The reality might even be more insidious, since CFN notes warily that drug pipes are even easier to buy than a loaf of bread. Drug pipes — and this is just what we’ve been told, dear readers — don’t have an expiration date, and they don’t usually wind up squished at the bottom of a grocery bag.

 
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