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(KOLO TV Reno)   If the name of your business is the "Up In Smoke Hippie Store", you really should be expecting something like this   (kolotv.com ) divider line
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4685 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Apr 2014 at 1:04 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-18 10:18:24 AM  
Code Name: Operation Lard Ass
 
2014-04-18 10:46:20 AM  
Official motto: "Come to Sparks, we're not all fancy like Reno. Plus, legal brothels."
 
2014-04-18 01:07:52 PM  
"Sergeant Pope"

Noncommissioned Pontifex?
 
2014-04-18 01:11:22 PM  
I've passed this store a ton of times but never gone in. From the looks of it I made a good call
 
2014-04-18 01:15:36 PM  
I used to go to a headshop in New Baltimore, MI called "Smoke N Stuff" because they sold the Proto-Pipe
 
2014-04-18 01:18:25 PM  
headline focuses on paraphernalia, real story is shiatload of controlled substances..
 
2014-04-18 01:18:49 PM  
"spice" and "bath salts", fark him.  I thought that crap was over.
 
2014-04-18 01:19:33 PM  
Didn't read the article but I'll speculate that it's about an impromptu Alice Bowie concert.
 
2014-04-18 01:24:44 PM  

Onkel Buck: I used to go to a headshop in New Baltimore, MI called "Smoke N Stuff" because they sold the Proto-Pipe


Farkin' Proto-pipes are overhyped and overpriced. Everyone wanted one in the 1980s and they've never gone down in price.
 
2014-04-18 01:31:19 PM  
Especially in a town called "Sparks".
 
2014-04-18 01:35:35 PM  
Resident of Sparks. Getting a kick, etc.
 
2014-04-18 01:42:06 PM  
Nevada should be made into a glass parking lot.
 
2014-04-18 01:44:45 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-04-18 01:50:15 PM  
Huh. I know this is politics tab stuff, but isn't that like wondering why the IRS is checks to see if you're apolitical if you have the name "TEA Party" in your organization's name?


Sybarite:

Code Name: Operation Lard Ass

*PSNORK*

/ roots around in his VHS collection for tonight's entertainment.
 
2014-04-18 01:54:25 PM  

Your Hind Brain: Especially in a town called "Sparks".


I predict
You're going to smoke some synthetic cannibinoids
And be hungry real soon
 
2014-04-18 02:17:14 PM  

CrazyCurt: Onkel Buck: I used to go to a headshop in New Baltimore, MI called "Smoke N Stuff" because they sold the Proto-Pipe

Farkin' Proto-pipes are overhyped and overpriced. Everyone wanted one in the 1980s and they've never gone down in price.



I was 17 at the time, I've since moved onto a vaporizer. Age equals wisdom and all that
 
2014-04-18 02:20:45 PM  

SquiggsIN: I'm paranoid enough that I always pay cash at head/smoke shops.  I've never understood the fine line these people are willing to walk to keep their business intact.  (things like you can't say the word "bong" in the store, they are "water pipes" types of things etc.)  I'm usually in and out quickly so long as I'm not art-browsing the glass selection.


*shrug* You can thank the law for that. If you call it a bong, that makes it drug paraphernalia and automatically a felony. If you call it a water pipe, it's a tobacco smoking accessory. Headshop owners have been dealing with this persnickety bit of law for decades, but in general, if you permit anyone to say anything about using a given pipe for anything illegal - such as smoking weed out of it, that makes it drug paraphernalia and thus illegal.

Let's take for example, crack pipes. You know those glass thingies with the bowl on the end? People smoke tweak and/or crack out of them. Now, if you call them an oil burner that makes them drug paraphernalia, and thus illegal. But, call them something else, such as a glass pipe then they're a-ok. Except when they're not, and local governments have passed ordinances specifically banning them regardless of their intended use.

It's complex, and requires an understanding of various state, local, and federal laws - which don't always mean what you think they mean. The biggest problem is the synthetic shiat - the bath salts and spice. That's really what the feds are after. The shop will get back all its pipes - maybe - in 9 months to a year. They seize it to greatly inconvenience the shop and potentially put it out of business. But the spice/bath salts are really the problem. Most cops don't give a fark about bongs. They might smoke a little weed themselves. It's the aforementioned other shiat they're really after.

Most shop owners understand their business straddles a gray area, somewhere in between legality and illegality. The funny thing is that the rules aren't always so clear cut as you think they are. You can get away with doing something at your headshop for a decade, but a new district Atty gets into office and decides to begin raids. Suffice to say tho, if you don't want troubble - Don't sell bathsalts or spice.
 
2014-04-18 02:23:53 PM  
I will, according to Revelation 22:23
 
2014-04-18 02:26:40 PM  
Not all headshops are run by cool, laid back, sympathetic stoner types.  Some are just run by greedy business people, who will stock stuff like "spice" and "herbal smoke" to either trick people into wasting their money on nothing, or to sell them a legal high without any knowledge of what it can do or even what it is.
 
2014-04-18 02:29:34 PM  
Could someone from a big USA city tell me, is it like here in Toronto, where not only do we have the big head shops that sell the Volcanos and the 6 foot bongs and such, but  every single convenience store in existenceaside from major chains like 7-11 also sells pipes, mini bongs, screens, grinders, and other "tobacco products"?  I mean I'm a regular pot smoker myself, but I certainly wasn't prepared when I brought my niece to the local corner store to get some candy, only to have her ask what all the pretty glass ornaments are for, all the while knowing that if I tell the truth, I will get my ass whooped by my brother.
 
2014-04-18 03:28:18 PM  

LordOfBacon: *shrug* You can thank the law for that. If you call it a bong, that makes it drug paraphernalia and automatically a felony


Years ago, I bought a bong water pipe once and they had a nice cylindrical cardboard container to help protect the glass from breaking.  In magic marker, it was clearly labeled "BOMB".

Needless to say I covered that part up.  If you think a cop is going to go nuts on you for having a bong, just think how they react if they think you have a bomb.
 
2014-04-18 04:37:49 PM  

Sybarite: Code Name: Operation Lard Ass


Six hours later and I finally get it.  Well played, Sir.  Well played...
 
2014-04-18 05:31:19 PM  

SquiggsIN: moeburn: Could someone from a big USA city tell me, is it like here in Toronto, where not only do we have the big head shops that sell the Volcanos and the 6 foot bongs and such, but  every single convenience store in existenceaside from major chains like 7-11 also sells pipes, mini bongs, screens, grinders, and other "tobacco products"?  I mean I'm a regular pot smoker myself, but I certainly wasn't prepared when I brought my niece to the local corner store to get some candy, only to have her ask what all the pretty glass ornaments are for, all the while knowing that if I tell the truth, I will get my ass whooped by my brother.

I'm from the 12th or so biggest city in the USA.  Gas stations don't carry much beyond cigarette rolling papers down here. (and cigars they know are only being used to make blunts, to me blunt=gross waste of green)  They've managed to ban "spice" in half the counties in my state too, IIRC.  If you want the screens, grinders, etc. you have to go to a head shop and there's 6 or 7 I know about and probably quite a few more than that I've never seen/heard of.  There are exceptions in tobacco/smoke shops as they carry a much more expansive variety of things that can be used for tobacco or cannabis.


C-stores around here sell bongs with plastic roses as "vases"
 
2014-04-18 11:41:10 PM  
Running a Head Shop used to be an honorable business
Extensive knowledge of merchandise
Bongs that were works of art
Decent selection of both metal and handcarved wood pipes (those fancy glass blown ones weren't around then)
Thanks to the war on drugs they've been reduced to crappy places that sell shiatty stuff
 
2014-04-18 11:47:24 PM  
Isn't that stuff legal down there?
 
2014-04-19 11:47:32 AM  

DownDaRiver: Decent selection of both metal and handcarved wood pipes (those fancy glass blown ones weren't around then)


Every singly head shop I've stepped into in the last few years has included all of the above, and bonus, they were all made by local artists.
 
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