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Illinois Senate outlaws tobacco

… unless it’s filled with… tobacco.

That’s right. In case you missed it in the Drug War Chronicle or Hit and Run, the following will be banned

“individual tobacco wrappers, known as wraps, blunt wraps, or roll your own cigar wraps, whether in the form of a tobacco leaf, sheet, or tube, that consist in whole or in part of reconstituted leaf or flavored tobacco leaf.” The bill includes an exception for “a tobacco leaf wrap that is used in the manufacturing of a cigar intended for retail sale.” But all other cigar wrappers are presumed to be sold for use with marijuana.

Other than the fact that it’s extremely bad law, I find these bans to be oddly hilarious in the way they show these lawmakers (and those promoting the laws) to be pathetically insecure.

Because, of course, the entire reason to ban blunt wraps is because they’re used with marijuana (by some people). So why not just ban marijuana? Oh, right. So what’s the point in banning something that’s used with something that’s banned, merely because of the connection? Absolutely none.

But you see, prohibition of marijuana doesn’t work. Never has, never will. And they know it. They don’t really believe that glass pipes or tobacco leaves will enable marijuana smoking. It’s just that every time they see them in stores it’s a slap in face at the failure of their precious drug war.

And so the list of banned objects gets ever longer, adding all sorts of bureaucratic garbage to law enforcement without ever really even inconveniencing drug users.

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18 comments to Illinois Senate outlaws tobacco

  • denmark

    Gads, thought the state I lived in was bad.
    We can’t get loose tobacco shipped to us anymore. We’d order tins of Natural American Spirit and the cigarette tubes and roll our own.

    Is it time to stock up on certain items? Funny as we didn’t see the restriction coming, which happened fast, and we over-ordered for two years.

  • Bruce

    Nothing like the sensation of having mommy and daddy peeking peering and criticizing ones every move whilst one passes inexorably from middle to old age. Maximum stress. Smoke rings, such pretty things.

  • permanentilt

    Oh darn, they will have to roll blunts the old fashioned way, buy a cigar and dump out the tobacco. OH THE HUMANITY!

  • TimD

    I’m glad to see laws like this being passed. Some products are marketed strictly for illicit use and it’s always amazed me they made it to market in the the first place. Some even had Lil Wayne as a spokesperson. These laws usually are passed in ways that affect legal items as well, like cigars – which I enjoy, it’s nice to see this was targeted only at the products intended for illegal use.

  • Cannabis

    It’s easy, just ban baggies.

  • Dante

    Tim D:

    Banning legal things because they “might” be used for an illegal purpose is dumber than herding cats.

    Proof: While engaged in illegal activity, the perpetrators were observed to be breathing. Looks like we’ll have to ban oxygen, too.

    Stupid? Yep, just like the drug war.

  • DavesNotHere

    $1,000 says if Barack Obama still served in the Illinois Senate he would have voted for this insane law.

    Let this be a lesson to all those who naively believe that Democrats are any better than Republicans on the drug war. Illinois is completely controlled by Democrats. Since 2002, not one Republican vote has been needed to pass anything. And this is the Democrats contribution to reforming the drug war when they have complete power for 8 years. Democrats expand the drug war to include silly prohibitions like this. Eight years of complete Democrat control in Illinois and what have they done? A bigger, badder drug war is what Democrats stand for.

    TimD – I like to put cannabis on my cereal in the morning and on my Big Macs. Using your twisted logic we should ban cereal and Big Macs because someone might use them to ingest cannabis with. Don’t be an idiot.

  • DdC

    I’m glad to see laws like this being passed.

    TimD I’m always scolded for calling people morons.
    But in your case I’ll risk it.

  • kaptinemo

    I suppose irony is like a lot of other ‘acquired tastes’. Time was that people who snorted cocaine used rolled up paper currency to do so. Shall be ban paper currency?

    The idea that by banning cigar wrappers the production of ‘blunts’ will be prevented just goes to show the paucity of rational thought on the part of prohibs.

    (Newsflash: the cannabists who like blunts were dumping out the tobacco before hand, and will just do so again. So dumb.)

  • Price

    Papers are bad for your health. Use a pipe. Less waste..

  • DdC

    Price: Papers are bad for your health. Use a pipe. Less waste.

    More gossip? Rolling Paper is only harmful using it for cigarettes, not with Ganja. Also it’s the added chemicals doing the harm, not the tobacco. No comparison, no victims either. As for waste, my roaches go into the next joint so no waste at all. Compared to the dead tree you killed to make a pipe. Or soap stone that may cause harm if the stone dust is burned. Plus the strip mined ore to make the screen. Then the added pollution re-lighting the pipe each hit. Then there is the danger of not knowing where the pipe has been or what has been burned in it. It’s real easy, the Ganjawar was started and is maintained by lies. Nothing has produced a “victim” in thousands of years of use. The only “strategery” the drug worriers have is censorship and false gutter science. You can’t just assume anymore than Rayguns psychic.

    The Emperor Wears No Clothes By Jack Herer

    Chapter Seven
    Therapeutic Use of Cannabis

    8. Lung Cleaner & Expectorant

    Cannabis is the best natural expectorant to clear the human lungs of smog, dust and the phlegm associated with tobacco use.

    Statistical evidence – showing up consistently as anomalies in matched populations -indicates that people who smoke tobacco cigarettes are usually better off and will live longer if they smoke cannabis moderately, too. (Jamaican, Costa Rican studies.)

    Millions of Americans have given up or avoided smoking tobacco products in favor of cannabis, which is not good news to the powerful tobacco lobby. A turn-of-the-century grandfather clause in U.S. tobacco law allows 400 to 6,000 additional chemicals to be added. Additions since then to the average tobacco cigarette are unknown, and the public in the U.S. has no right to know what they are.

  • claygooding

    Smoking is bad for you and wastes most of the marijuana you ingest,plus part of the ingredients of marijuana are destroyed when smoked. No matter how good your lungs are,you expel 60% to 70% of the smoke you inhale,and the higher you get,the more you waste. Eat your marijuana and get it all. Of course,a bong hit while you are waiting on your brownie to kick in is like a salad,before lunch.

  • ezrydn

    You smoke cigars, eh? Well, don’t you think we should ban lighters and matches, due to their many uses of an illicit nature and/or arsonists?

    When you start banning, haphazardly, along unknown tangents, there comes a time when you’re forbidden to do anything, if unchecked.

    You’re focused on the minutiae. Broaden your view.

  • Duncan

    What’s next, apples?

  • Just me

    permanentilt
    March 22nd, 2010 at 8:39 am
    Oh darn, they will have to roll blunts the old fashioned way, buy a cigar and dump out the tobacco. OH THE HUMANITY!

    LOL Ya ! Gotta ban cigars now too. OH ! OH ! Wait how bout toilet paper rolls and aluminum foil(Ya aluminum is bad , but hey when your on the shitter and just gotta smoke) How bout pop cans, ink pens,wendys cups, lighting hardware!? I got two Ideas either ban hands and fingers(or creative minds for that matter) or just END PROHIBITION!

    Didnt have time to read the whole thing…does that mean they are banning rolling papers of all kinds? Zig Zag , tops, ect ect?

  • Kamizar

    Yeah, this’ll stop people from getting high.

    Damn, you better ban everything. Because I know some crafty stoners and they can make a pipe/bong/smoking device out of anything. Hell, you don’t even need fire, Sunlight, a magnifying glass, a funnel, and a bowl.

  • Just Legalize It

    BAN APPLES!!! they can be made into a pipe! BAN TOILET PAPER ROLLS! they can be made into a pipe! BAN SODA CANS AND BOTTLES! they can be made into a pipe!

    ^^^ that actually looks like a good idea to some people….

    BAN THE WAR ON DRUGS!!

  • MAO

    Cigar manufacturers will jump with glee for the sales they saw a dyin’ off are now returned to thee! The only little boy crying today is named Herbal Bar International. Some one should learn that thar days r dearn!