This was a Minnesota case, in the United States. It was a 4-3 split decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court. (To read my original blog post, short-URL: Minnesota Court Waters Down Legal Definition of Illegal Drugs: Toilet Water Now Criminal to Possess Minneapolis Criminal Law News )I'm still having trouble with this - so if you're caught with bong water you will be charged?
For those who smoke, perhaps this is an excuse to do what common cleanliness would demand in any event? Dump the water after use? Could a person in Minnesota be charged with First Degree Controlled Substance crime based on the weight of the water? Strangely, the split majority of the Minnesota Supremes says "sure." Does that mean if you are busted that this will be charged? I remain skeptical.The majority’s decision to permit bong water to be used to support a first-degree felony controlled-substance charge runs counter to the legislative structure of our drug laws, does not make common sense, and borders on the absurd…the result is a decision that has the potential to undermine public confidence in our criminal justice system.
Well said, i live in Quebec Canada... Bc and Quebec is the heaven for weed personally me and my friends smoke in the streets without any problems, we juste make sure we leave the bag inside we never got into any trouble for years and years ! cops just dont seem to care here...Glad I don't live there is all I can say.
The Canadian government is currently trying to pass two piece of legislation RIGHT NOW which, when combined, will destroy not only any hope of ever seeing cannabis legalized in Canada, but will make most natural herbs, vitamins and minderal supplements impossible to get without a prescription. Even better still is Bill C-15, which adopts the absolute worst of US Government controls, in the form of mandatory minimum sentencing...and we all know how well that's worked in the US!I have no idea how this can happen in this day.Actually,it's the blow back from reforms that are taking hold around the world. You had to know the prohibitionist forces would try any and everything to maintain their empire of deceit.Look at the Harper government and the damage they have done to reform in our country.They also are a minority but seem to be able to manipulate opinion with the opposition in disarray.These people act in total separation from science,fact and reality.They claim people on drugs are operating in a vacuum of unreality.At least it's temporary when you use drugs.To water down a drug and then say it's felony weight defies all logic.Every police force in the state can now drop whatever they seize into a bucket and become hero's.
Not "has". "Does" is more like it. Is it any wonder that there is no respect for authority. They seem to have all the power and none of the brains.the result is a decision that has the potential to undermine public confidence in our criminal justice system.
When I was in the Navy, we had MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) on all the different chemicals we may come in to contact with each day. We were required to familiarize ourselves with these sheets in case we needed emergency assistance, etc. One of our MSDS was on WATER. That's right, water. Why? Because it's possible to asphixiate yourself if you stick your head in a bucket of it. Seriously! Granted, I met plenty of people in the Navy that were dumb as a box of rocks, but not one of them entertained sticking their head in a bucket full of water.If the government wants to charge a more serious drug crime — what to do? Just add water! (Water is heavy — heavier than drugs. Drug crimes are based on weight. Water is not currently defined by law as an illegal drug.)
you are right! we do need to start calling it by its proper name and also need to educate people why it became illegal in the first place...through corruption in the system..utter lunacy. This isnt even funny, it just makes me fucking angry. I thought there were some pretty back-assward attitudes to pot flying around this country but this takes the cake. I've only lived in the US 2 years but I'm seriously considering leaving these days. The prohibitionist bullshit is just too stifling. Everyone still calls it 'marijuana' here for fucks sake, even the folk trying to have it leagalised. Marijuana is a slang term, always was. Its derrogatory and carries very negative connotations. People need to start using its proper scientific name, Cannabis, if any progress is to be made.