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Minn. court: Bong water can count as illegal drug

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Minn. court: Bong water can count as illegal drug

Post by North Star 1 on October 23rd 2009, 9:24 am

By STEVE KARNOWSKI , Associated Press

Last update: October 22, 2009 - 5:42 PM

Bong water can count as a controlled substance, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision that raises the threat of longer sentences for drug smokers who fail to dump the water out of their pipes.

In a 4-3 decision Thursday, the state's highest court said a person can be prosecuted for a first-degree drug crime for 25 grams or more of bong water that tests positive for a controlled substance.

The decision, which reverses two lower court rulings, came in the case of Sara Peck. Items seized during a search of her Rice County home in 2007 included a glass bong — a type of water pipe often used to smoke drugs — that contained 37 grams — about 2 1/2 tablespoons — of a liquid that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

The Supreme Court said that unambiguously counts as a drug "mixture" under the wording of state law and sent the case back to Rice County District Court for further proceedings. The decision, authored by Justice G. Barry Anderson, noted that the liquid wasn't plain clear water, but had a pink color and fruity odor, and that a narcotics officer had testified that drug users sometimes keep bong water to drink or inject later.

The statute defines a drug "mixture" as "a preparation, compound, mixture, or substance containing a controlled substance, regardless of purity." When the language of a statute is unambiguous, the high court said, precedents prohibit courts from disregarding the letter of the law under the pretext of pursuing the letter of the law.

In a sharply worded dissent, Justice Paul Anderson said the majority's decision "does not make sense, and borders on the absurd." He said it isn't consistent with what the Legislature intended when it wrote the state's drug laws. And he blasted Rice County authorities for charging Peck with such a serious crime.

If bong water is considered a drug mixture, and it weighs enough to raise the crime to a first-degree drug offense, the presumed sentence for a first-time offender is seven years and two months in prison, and a felony drug offense goes on his or her record, Paul Anderson wrote.

But if the bong water is treated as part of the drug paraphernalia, as the lower courts held, he wrote, the same defendant would face no more than a $300 fine and the petty misdemeanor conviction would not go on his or her record.

Justices Alan Page and Helen Meyer joined in Paul Anderson's dissent.

Attorney Bradford Delapena, who represents Peck, said he had not yet had a chance to discuss the ruling with her, but he said the dissent correctly pointed out the problems the ruling raises.

"They're treating Ms. Puck, who had two tablespoons of bong water, as if she were a major drug wholesaler," he said.

Delapena said Puck's case now goes back to the trial court, where he said prosecutors could use the ruling to try to extract a guilty plea to a more serious offense with a stiffer sentence than a $300 fine on a petty misdemeanor. He laughed at the suggestion that it means dope smokers should empty their bongs promptly.

"I wouldn't presume to draw that lesson," he said. "I would just stick with the legal lessons."
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Post by richardcatdaddy on October 23rd 2009, 5:13 pm

Ya mean Igotta dump out my damn water?Shit.
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Post by North Star 1 on October 23rd 2009, 5:27 pm

can you really believe this shit, we are paying people like this to determine whether or not that bong water can get you in trouble. I tell ya if this isn't a typical case of moronism, well anyways don't they mess with the tax payer enough than to take our money for this shit.
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Post by marl920 on October 28th 2009, 1:02 pm

busted 4 bong water bull shit ...aint the bong enough ????an to tie up a court system with this kind of bull shit really makes ya wonder if it would b easyer to rob a bank dont it ????? affraid

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Post by North Star 1 on October 28th 2009, 1:18 pm

that is just it, it makes ya think, and that is why we hear stupid shit like this and it blows my mind that these people are the ones that is suppose to protect us.
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