The Associated Press (October 22, 2009)
"In Minnesota, bong water can count as an illegal drug...."
Like, how un-groovy! This isn't the, like, sixties, any more, is it?
There was a dissenting opinion in the court, and I haven't made up my own mind about the decision. This has made national news, though, one way or another:
- "Minn.: Bong Water Can Get You in Hot Water"
The Associated Press, via CBS News (October 22, 2009)
- "Bong Water Can Be Illegal Drug, Minnesota Court Rules"
The Associated Press, via FOXNews (October 23, 2009)
- With quite a bit more than the snippet AP had under its own flag
"Delapena said Peck'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.'..."
Like I said, I haven't made up my mind about this decision - not that my opinion would make a whit of difference.
On the one hand, although bong water can be used to get a secondary high - water is a marvelous solvent - considering the water-to-dope ratio, counting bong water as a controlled substance - and using the weight of the water to determine amount - seems a trifle extreme.
On the other hand, I don't - in general - approve of people using chemicals to mess with their brains. That includes alcohol. I'm not a teetotaler, but I don't think that drinking to get drunk is a good idea.
Which makes me hopelessly un-hip, grossly un-groovy, and definitely not on Professor Leary's cheering squad.
The Lemming Needs Drugs - But It's Not What You May ThinkI recently ran into some folks who announced that they would never have a problem with alcoholism, because they were happy, sensible, self-controlled people with no need for something to buffer them from the world.
I'm happy for them.
Me? Like I say, I'm not a teetotaler, but I did have a very real problem with alcohol abuse a few decades back. Not diagnosable alcoholism, but close enough to get my attention.
About those magic mushrooms and other magic carpet rides? I never felt a need to "turn on, tune in, drop out" - no great virtue on my part. The way my brain is wired, all I have to do is take my foot off the brake: and I get all the trips I need.