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How are Water Pipes Legally Sold?

Posted by Jamie Pope on May 13, 2021

How are Water Pipes Legally Sold?

How are Water Pipes Legally Sold?

Picture this - a world where water pipes are illegal, you have to find a plug for beaker water pipes, straight tube water pipes… the list goes on! If your plug doesn’t have any fresh water pipes in, or is completely wiped out of water pipes for a minute, you’d have to resort to the mega glass plug. The man who has everything!

Get this though - you have to pay a deposit before seeing any glass water pipes, and you have to pay double what you’d normally pay for a water pipe. Sounds like a hassle right?

It’s a good thing that water pipes are legal in real life. ;)

So how did this come about since the history of water pipes has formed a weird stigma around them? How are water pipes legal?

It’s great that you asked! Because, believe it or not, Cloud 9 Smoke Co is going to cover all ground as to how water pipes are legal to own and legal to sell.


You ready? Let’s dive in!

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Let’s Talk About Smoke Shops

Most of you may have seen, but shortly after you walk into a smoke shop, or heady shop, the first thing you lay eyes on is the array of glass water pipes all in the cabinets and walls! You may think to yourself (after the initial thoughts of total kick-assery), “How are they able to sell any of these water pipes?”

Excellent question! So, get this. It’s completely legal for smoke shops to sell water pipes because the water pipes are not sold for their *original* purpose. Hint, hint.

Smoke shops are able to legally sell glass water pipes because they’re intended to be used for various herbs (such as lavender) and tobacco. For some smoke shops, water pipes are sold for medicinal use! Of course, that’s all depending on which state you live in.

So here’s the take - it’s legal for you to walk into a smoke shop (if you’re over 21 of course!) and buy a water pipe for tobacco and other herbs. The catch is, once you walk out the door what you choose to use your water pipe for is completely up to you! However, smoke shops are not liable or responsible for how you intend to use your water pipe.

What about online? Is it legal to buy water pipes online?

For online retailers, the same principle applies! Water pipes are legally sold online for tobacco and dry herb use. As long as you’re 21 years of age or older and can provide proof of identification, you’re able to buy water pipes legally online.

At Cloud 9 Smoke Co, being the best online smoke shop that we are, we take special care in ensuring that your confidential information is protected as well as providing discreet packaging to keep your best interest in mind. Plus, did we mention free shipping?

Is Owning a Water Pipe Legal?

This is where things get a little tricky! The legality of owning a water pipe varies from state to state. In some states, you’ll be completely off the hook if you are caught with possession of a water pipe. In other states, it can be considered a felony offense. Yikes!

What is a Water Pipe? A Comprehensive Guide

To find out where your state lies, give this article a read where we cover everything you need to know about water pipes!

Stay in the ‘Safe Zone’

At the end of the day, there really is no safe zone when it comes to owning a water pipe if your state considers the possession of a water pipe a felony or a misdemeanor.

Here’s the catch - for a water pipe to be considered illegal, it has to be used with amounts of ‘the herb who shall not be named.’

You catch what we’re putting down?

Keep your water pipe at home and keep it clean! This is key to staying as far in the safe zone as possible. If you keep your water pipe cleaned and maintained at all times, your water pipe will be one less weight off your back! You’ll just have to worry about the broken taillight you have instead.

To make sure that your water pipe is free of all ick and completely sanitized, use Resinate to clean your water pipe!

Why Resinate, you say? Hear us out - Resinate is an instant abrasive (or non abrasive) formula that will clean, sterilize, and disinfect your water pipe! Resinate is completely earth-friendly, biodegradable, and contains no VOC’s or alcohol.

Yeah, what’s isopropyl alcohol again? We forgot too!

The reason why we encourage you to keep your water pipe clean is to help you vouch for your “intensive tobacco use that can only be solved by using a water pipe.”

Hint, hint.

The last thing anyone wants is to get into serious trouble for owning something they really love, like a water pipe. To keep you out of trouble, as much as possible, always keep your water pipe discreetly stored, kept at home, and always clean! We don’t want any doomsday situations happening to the Cloud 9 Fam. :)

How Are Water Pipes Legal? You be the judge.

Now that you know how water pipes are legal to be sold and purchased; how water pipes are legal to be used; and how water pipes are legal (and ways that they’re not so legal) to own on a state by state basis - you can be the judge on how water pipes are legal… in your state. ;)

In case you forgot, here’s a quick rundown

  • Heady Shops and Online Smoke Shops
    • These businesses are able to supply and sell water pipes because of their intention to sell water pipes. Water pipes are sold by businesses because their intent is for the pipe to be used for dry herbs (such as lavender) or tobacco.
  • Owning/Possession of a Water Pipe
    • If you purchase a water pipe for the intended purpose of smoking dry herbs (lavender) or tobacco, you’re in the green! However, to keep you in the safe zone and out of trouble as much as possible - make sure to keep your water pipe clean and stashed discreetly at home.

Now that you have a guide of how water pipes are legal, a complete rundown for quick notes, and an external article to help you learn more about water pipes, where is your doctorate degree in Cloud 9 Sciences? You genius!

Spread the word to the homies and grab a bottle of Resinate to keep your water pipe looking spiffy 24/7. If you’re also in need of a storage case for your water pipe, Cloud 9 Smoke Co has got you covered!

Happy toking!