The following was published as a sidebar to “The Torch Singer” in our April issue.
The Singer Station will stock a variety of pipes, but there are city-imposed limitations on what specific kinds of pipes the shop will be able to carry. Section 17.23 of the Ames Municipal Code expressly forbids the sale of any “pipe with a bowl so small that the primary use for which it is adapted or designed is the smoking of marijuana.” Retailers who violate this ordinance risk having their business shut down. To preempt this possibility, Singer Station founder Dan Brown made sure that his pipes had the sanction of Assistant City Attorney Judy K. Parks.
“I told her that we would have glass pipes, that we would have all different kinds of pipes … and asked her if this was going to be a problem,” Brown said. “She said she didn’t think so, and as long as it wasn’t too small it could be made out of anything. So I didn’t think there was going to be a problem.”