Law: Head-Shop Low

An O.K. for drug-gear limits

Only in Alaska may a person possess a small amount of marijuana. Yet almost anywhere in the nation it is possible to find stores selling pipes and other gear with which to enjoy the illicit weed. Called head shops ("head" is slang for a frequent drug user), they number about 15,000 and do an estimated $2 billion in annual business. But after an 8-to-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week, high times could turn into hard times.

The court was considering an ordinance in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates that limits the sale of drug paraphernalia to...

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