It wasn’t long ago that buying a pipe for smoking weed was a pretty narrow and nerve-wracking experience. You’d find a local head shop, either through word of mouth, visual cues like tie-dye curtains and dancing Grateful Dead bears, or coded descriptions like “Tobacco & Gift Shop,” and once you located your retailer of choice, you’d avoid words like “bong,” “weed,” and certainly “marijuana”—language choices that could immediately shut down a sale for fear of police scrutiny. 

Remember, it was only 2003 when Tommy Chong went to prison for selling bongs as bongs. In the same year, I, personally, was kicked out of high school for blowing glass chillums and spoons. It’s no wonder people were nervous about pre-legalization pipe…

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