Philadelphia blunt ban

Philadelphia Bill No. 060345, colloquially known as the Philadelphia blunt ban, was an ordinance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which banned the retail sale of cigarettes or cigars sold one or two at a time, rolling papers, flavored tobacco products, and drug consumption and packaging paraphernalia such as water pipes, roach clips, and bongs. It was an amendment to Chapter 9-600, the "Service Businesses" section, of the Philadelphia Code.[1][2] It has since been overturned by court decree.

Philadelphia Bill No. 060345
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Philadelphia City Council
CitationPhila. Bill No. 060345
Enacted byPhiladelphia City Council
EnactedMay 12, 2006
SignedJanuary 23, 2007
CommencedJanuary 23, 2007
Introduced byCouncilman Brian J. O'Neill


The ban was the result of a campaign by Philadelphia police officer and community activist Jerry Rocks, Sr. Rocks's campaign, begun in October 2005, sought to restrict or prohibit convenience stores from selling the types of items eventually covered by the ordinance. Rocks targeted his campaign particularly at Sunoco and Wawa Food Markets.[3]

Councilman Brian J. O'Neill sponsored the bill, introducing it into the Philadelphia City Council in May 2006. It was passed unanimously by the Council and signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street on January 23, 2007, with immediate effect.[2][3]


In 2008, the Commonwealth Court held that the ban was partially preempted by the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 Pa. Stat. Ann. §§ 780-101-780-144. On January 19, 2011, in Holt's Cigar Co. v. Solvibile, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed the Commonwealth Court's decision in part, holding that the entirety of the ban was preempted by the Controlled Substance Act.[4][5]


  1. ^ Taylor W. Buley (2007-02-11). "Philly Rolls Up the Blunt". Brainwash. America's Future Foundation.
  2. ^ a b William Kenny (2007-02-01). "Mayor signs bill to ban drug paraphernalia". Northeast Times.
  3. ^ a b "Mayor Street Signs Anti-Drug Paraphernalia Bill". CBS 3. CBS Broadcasting Incorporated. 2007-01-23.
  4. ^ Scolforo, Mark (June 23, 2008). "Court issues mixed verdict on Philly's 'blunt' ban". Pocono Record. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  5. ^ Warner, Bob & Lucey, Catherine (January 21, 2011). "Court tosses out city's tobacco-sales ordinance". Philadelphia Daily News.

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