Retailers must move drug paraphernalia from easy view

first_imgColorful glass pipes should soon disappear from near the cash register at more than a dozen convenience stores and gas stations in Vancouver, following a vote of the City Council on Monday to prohibit the display of drug paraphernalia in any area accessible by minors.The new law doesn’t apply to licensed marijuana retailers, said City Attorney Bronson Potter. Those businesses are only for customers ages 21 and older.The city worked with PREVENT!, Clark County’s substance abuse coalition, on the ordinance, which was approved by a 6-0 vote. Mayor Tim Leavitt was absent.Potter said an estimated 18 stores within city limits sell glassware and other paraphernalia, defined, in part, in the ordinance as “any item, whether useful for non-drug-related purposes or not, which is displayed, grouped with other items, advertised, or promoted in a manner to reasonably suggest its usefulness in inhaling, injecting or ingesting of marijuana, hashish, hashish oil, cocaine, methamphetamine or any controlled substance.” Potter said volunteers with PREVENT! surveyed businesses earlier this year to determine how many sell the items, and the Vancouver Police Department has contacted businesses to let them know about the new law.last_img

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