A BENDIGO retailer is selling bongs marked as drink pourers in an apparent bid to bypass drug paraphernalia laws.
Police are looking into the sale of the POURite devices from a local retailer.
The state government banned bong sales at the start of 2012, but the store, which the Bendigo Advertiser has chosen not to name, has dozens of the items in stock.
The glass bottles have a metal stem and cone and are described as being used to pour alcohol, milk and oil.
Several YouTube videos show the products, which come in several variations, being used to smoke marijuana.
Senior Sergeant Craig Gaffee said police could seize the items if they were found to fit the legal definition of bongs.
“The legislation is pretty clear,” he said.
“I guess what’s open to interpretation is what its main use is and what it’s constructed for.
“There’s legislation in place in relation to the selling of apparatus which can be used for cannabis.
“On first view it appears it could be used for that.”
Several online cannabis forums note the devices can be used to smoke marijuana.
One user said there was no difference between the products, which come with two shot glasses, and a normal bong.
“Now the difference?” they wrote.
“There is none.
“This is how they bypass the anti-paraphernalia laws.”
A spokeswoman for the retail chain would not comment yesterday.
“Unfortunately it is not in our position to comment on products we sell to the media,” she said.
The company’s website encourages people to bring about change to “bad laws for a better future” but says the business does not endorse illegal activity.
“(We) in no way encourage, support or endorse breaches of any laws whether Australian or international, or whether those laws are fair or unjust,” the site says.
Those caught selling or displaying bongs, bong components or bong kits, face fines up to $7,328, and companies up to $36,642.