Department of Health and Human Services

Victorian Legislation to ban the sale of Cannabis Water Pipes (Bongs)

The Victorian Parliament passed an amendment to the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 in August 2011to make the display and sale of bongs illegal in Victoria.

This legislation will to be enacted on 1 January 2012, allowing retailers some time to comply with the legislation.  From this date, it will be illegal for any retail outlet or market to display, sell or supply a bong as part of a business transaction.

Banning the sale of bongs better aligns Victorian legislation regarding illicit drugs, with the possession and consumption of cannabis already prohibited.

Cannabis use has significant social, physical and psychological costs on individuals, families and the broader community and it is expected that this new legislation may reduce the uptake of cannabis use by Victorians.

Under the new legislation, the display (for sale) of water pipes that are used to smoke tobacco products, such as hookahs and shishas, will be restricted to no more than three. This restriction will reduce the visibility of apparatus that are used to consume tobacco. It is hoped that by reducing the visibility of these implements, it may discourage uptake and use of tobacco.

This legislation will be enforced by Victoria Police.

  Change to the laws relating to the display, sale and supply of cannabis water pipes (bongs and hookahs): October 2011

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