Street Value


Last week the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that bong water is an illegal drug. Under state law, a controlled substance includes any “mixture” containing that substance, “regardless of purity.” The consequences of reading that definition literally can be severe. In the case before the court, a woman whose bong contained 37 grams of water with traces of methamphetamine will now be treated as if she possessed 37 grams of speed, which converts possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor punishable by a $300 fine, into a a first-degree drug offense, punishable by seven or more years in prison.

Wow… According to such a ruling, and since the old wives’ tale is true, I must be carrying cocaine with a street value of $35 around with me (one Jackson, two Lincolns and five Washingtons). Good thing I’m not carrying any c-notes today! A Benji would certainly push up the mandatory minimum!

  • Thomas Gallagher

    I wrote of this on my law blog:
    “Minnesota Court Waters Down Legal Definition of Illegal Drugs: Toilet Water Now Criminal to Possess” at sort-link:

    This is the Minnesota Bong Water case from last Thursday. A trace amount of meth mixed in water means the weight of the water determines the severity of the criminal charge (not the weight of the drugs). The court has slipped on the sliipery slope offered by the prosecutors. This exposes the law as untenable. Public opinion is againsT the court’s 4-3 decision. Dissenters have it right. Link to .pdf court decision is at beginning of my blog article (short-link above).