The reason that 42 Below and multiple other shops in Wichita are being told that they can no longer sell glass pipes and bongs is highly questionable. A flier being distributed by an unknown source says that the order stems from a law the state passed in 2008, which was lobbied for by the Wichita NAACP. That law, which was intended to make it harder for convenience stores to sell crack pipes masquerading as fake miniature roses in glass vials, is now either being used to restrict the sale of glass tobacco pipes which some people use to smoke marijuana, or as some sort of a hoax.
According to local business owners, someone in law enforcement has been passing out fliers ordering these shops to stop selling glass pipes and related products, giving seven days for the businesses to comply with the new enforcement. If this is accurate, Wichita is not the only city cracking down on these shops, as a similar store was recently shutdown in Newton, Kansas. 42 Below owner Jeremiah Wilson has announced a closing sale to clear out their existing inventory, which will end on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.
However, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department says that they are not behind this, and that the Sheriffs emblem being used on the flier that has been posted online is an old emblem from Shawnee County that has not been used in years.