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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Legislature has wrapped up work on a bill that will send the sale of marijuana pipes known as “bongs” up in smoke.

The Senate passed the bill by a 31-2 vote Friday and the measure will now be sent to Governor Rick Scott for him to consider.

State law currently allows certain retailers to sell the pipes. Any sale of marijuana pipes would be a first-degree misdemeanor if the bill becomes law. Second and subsequent violations would jump to a third-degree felony.

Supporters say the bill sends a message against illegal drug use by making the pipes inaccessible at stores that often are close to schools.

Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, voted against the bill. He argued that marijuana isn’t a dangerous drug and should be allowed under strict regulation.

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