Minn. court: Bong water can count as illegal drug
MINNEAPOLIS — In Minnesota, bong water can count as an illegal drug.
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That decision from Minnesota's Supreme Court on Thursday raises the threat of longer sentences for drug smokers in that state who fail to dump the water out of bong — a type of water pipe often used to smoke drugs
The 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.
Lower courts had held that bong water is drug paraphernalia. Possession of that is a misdemeanor crime.
The case involved a woman whose bong had about 2½ tablespoons of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine. A narcotics officer had testified that drug users sometimes keep bong water to drink or inject later.http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/minn-court-bong-water-170121.html?cxntlid=thbz_hm
OVERLAND PARK, KAN - It may not be language that you'd want to your mother to hear you say, but is an angry burst of potty-mouth worth 30 days in jail? (Caution: potentially offensive and altogether naughty material ahead.)
Mike Shahrokhi, 43, of Leawood faces disorderly conduct charges that he says stem from a case of road rage along 135th Street in Overland Park. Shahrokhi admits dropping an F-bomb during an argument with another driver, but he says that it's ridiculous that he could be facing jail time over it.
"They want to put me in the Johnson County Jail for 30 days over dropping the F-bomb," said Shahrokhi. He says the incident began at 135th and Metcalf, and continued all the way to a convenience store at 135th and Nieman.
Shahrokhi says that when he stopped at the convenience store for a drink, the other driver continued jawing with him. So he says he shot back with some decidedly NC-17 words of his own.
"I pull up along side him, and essentially told him that I had intercourse with his daughter from behind, and she liked it," said Shahrokhi. "And he was on the phone with police."
Overland Park Police ticketed Shahrokhi for disorderly conduct, which includes using offensive, obscene or abusive language to arouse alarm, anger or resentment in others.
"It wasn't just one word," said Jim Weaver of the Overland Park Police Department. "It was a string of things that brought this victim to where he wanted to sign a complaint."
"Because I admitted using the F-bomb is the reason I'm in trouble," said Shahrokhi.
Shahrokhi says that the other driver in the case, Mike Nolen, wasn't charged because he denied using vulgar language. But when FOX 4 caught up with Nolan in court, he admitted letting a few choice words slip out.
"After what he said about my mother and my daughter, it got me a little outraged," said Nolen.
Shahrokhi says that when it became clear that prosecutors made it clear that they were seeking jail time, he got a continuance so he could hire an attorney. The case has now been continued five times, and both Shahrokhi and Nolen will be back in court on December 16th.
Nolen says that it's worth the time and effort.
"If somebody doesn't stop it, he'll continue to do it," said Nolen.
"I can't imagine the F-bomb warrants 30 days but I don't know," said Shahrokhi. "It's Overland Park." http://www.fox4kc.com/wdaf-story-fbomb-jail-102109,0,6382017.story?track=rss