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is it legal to import tobacco products such as glass pipes

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is it legal to import tobacco products such as glass pipes or glass water pipes from other countries? the same items you would find in a typical smokeshop.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
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Yes, it is. While it is legal overall, you MAY have it confiscated if it looks too much like a bong. The gov retains authority to do so, but rarely enforces it if you say it's a "souvenir."

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

so if they confiscated it could i be charged with anything? it looks like a bong about as much as every water pipe that is being sold in smokeshops

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
No, and frankly, they almost never confiscate it, but if they find one, you better believe they'll do an extra diligent search to see if you brought anything back from Amsterdam.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
well they wont be on my person, if you mean they will search me dilligently? i have been shipping them to my house and out of the blue, one of the packages was siezed by customs. what should i do?
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Oh, I thought you meant bringing it with you when you're coming in. Don't do anything. There's nothing really you can do. If you don't have a credit card trail, just deny it's yours. While you didn't break the law, they may destroy it. They won't charge you with anything though.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

well actually i'm not worried about getting it back, it's only 20 pcs, but...

 

should i clean house?? is that enough to get a warrant?

 

and i want to import more, is this a bad idea? because there is lots of profit that losing a few here and there wont matter.

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Yeah, I'd clean up a bit, you now what I mean? It IS enough to get a warrant. It IS a bad idea to import more - probable cause of a search warrant with every shipment.I mean, the chances of them acting are about 10%, but if they do, you're charged....FEDERALLY.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

ok i should clean it up..

 

as for importing more, is there any possible way to make this work? im looking at 200k profit a year if there is some way to make this legitamate.

 

if not i'll just stop it outwright, becuase it's not worth it

 

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Do you own a smoke shop, or are you playing middleman?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
middle man
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Oh, it's not worth it. With every shipment, you'd increase chances of a warrant and a search, and also, they'd eventually search your next of chain. Ever wonder why about 90% of smoke shops last 5 years or less? Sooner or later, they all get forced out of business by authorities. Seriously.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

sorry if im being a pest... but even if they got a search warrant and found a clean house, what would be the harm in that?

 

also, i didn't know smokeshops would get forced out by authorities, in the 10+ years i've lived in my town, i have never seen any shut down, only seen new ones go into business

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
You're not being a pest.Well, they can be stringent if you are suspected of selling anything illegal. In Texas, for example, they take a dim view of smoke shops. May be different where you are.IF YOU DON'T MIND THE RISK of a raid or two a year, go for it. Just make sure to keep it clean then.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
ok, one last question.. how could i find a lawyer locally that could help me with this subject?
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
What state are you in?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
arizona
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
I'd like to refer you to the AZ Bar's Referral program. The program is free. The attorneys are vetted, qualified, and affordable. If memory serves me right, you also get a free consultation once you are matched up with an attorney from the category that you need (or at least the consultation is very cheap - I know this for a fact). The link to the Bar's referral service is below.http://www.azbar.org/LegalResources/findlawyer.cfm

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