Stillwater approves drug paraphernalia ban, on forefront of war against glass pipes

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Stillwater's pot smokers may soon have to resort to punching holes in Coke cans.
Last night, the Stillwater City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would ban drug paraphernalia in the city.

The ordinance, which needs to be approved at a council meeting next month following a second reading before becoming law, bans "objects used, intended for use, or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing controlled substances," including glass pipes, water pipes, roach clips, and chillums.

Said Mayor Ken Harycki: "We don't want [those things] in our city."

There isn't a head shop in Stillwater, but the city's one tobacco shop, Stillwater Tobacco, sells products, including glass pipes, that "at times resemble a head shop," said Police Chief John Gannaway.
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Harycki: Stillwater's youth "don't need more exposure" to drug paraphernalia.


State statute prohibits the use, possession, delivery, and advertisement of drug paraphernalia, but doesn't precisely define what constitutes "drug paraphernalia." As a result, smoke and head shops throughout the state typically sell glass pipes and bongs with impunity.

But the city of Moorhead recently approved a more restrictive ordinance banning the sale of glass pipes and bongs, and that law withstood a challenge in U.S. District Court. The Stillwater ordinance models Moorhead's.

Mayor Harycki said the impetus for Stillwater's new ordinance came after a tobacco store with the name 'Roll Your Own Tobacco' applied for a license to open in the city a few months ago. When the application came before the city council, council's reaction was, "If that's an indication of what's going on, let's table this [application] and talk to the police chief to see how we're protected against head shops and things like that," Harycki said.

Much to the mayor's surprise, it turned out the city didn't have much protection at all. Said Harycki: "I would've thought there was a state law."

But Randall Tigue, an attorney representing the owner of Stillwater Tobacco, recently told the Pioneer Press that he doesn't think Stillwater's ordinance, if it becomes law, will withstand a legal challenge.

Tigue suggested that one man's marijuana bowl is another's tobacco pipe -- an ambiguity that makes enforcing the ordinance problematic.

"What [cities like Moorhead and Stillwater] have done is gone in and said, 'If you sell any of these pipes, we're going to bust you for it, regardless if you have intent.'"

"That, I don't think, is supported by the plain language of the ordinance," he added.

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Www Haryckiisafuck
Www Haryckiisafuck

Harycki is a flat out fucking dumbass ya lets have kids smoking out of cans, ya great you dumb fuck!!

Chris W. Langer
Chris W. Langer

According to this ordinance, which will have no effect on reducing the number of "pot smokers" in Stillwater,  they would also have to outlaw the following items:

PensSpoonsSocketsAll FruitAll cans/bottlesAluminum foilANY pipeRolling papersALL cigarsALL cigarettesMilk containersIceGarden hosesFish tank valvesALL metal tubingALL rubber tubingLightersMatchesGas masks/respiratorsSyringes

This is just a partial list of what CAN or MAY be used to ingest controlled substances.

Give me a break.

Glass Pipes
Glass Pipes

Good to hear about this information but its review is positive as well as negative. People who are habitual of it will never leave the smoking. Lets see whats further action will be taken.

metal one hitters
metal one hitters

Hello..The information you shared in the post about the smoking pipes is nice and I think that people should not start taking it at the early age as it can harm their health if taken in wrong method.

Coffel61
Coffel61

They passed this last night, here is some info if you like to contact the Mayor of Stillwater mn

 MAYORKen Harycki 2004 Hazel Ct.Stillwater, MN  55082Home phone:  651-351-7497Work phone:  651-439-7007

Massow
Massow

This is rediculous, i hope this awful idea doesnt spread.. Good thing I can blow glass >:)

Josh Marx
Josh Marx

Do you really think this will solve the "drug problem" in your town? Focus on the real problem at hand instead of preventing commerce in your town. 

Josh Marx
Josh Marx

Really? In 2012? I thought people were a bit more educated by now. I feel bad for the citizens of this backwards town. 

Foyboy22
Foyboy22

Shouldn't they focus on the real problems. Burnouts don't hurt anyone and this would never stop or slow anyone down who truly has the intent. Grow up people.

End the War on Drugs
End the War on Drugs

This kind of policy really makes no sense.  Banning pipes or any other paraphernalia is going to do little to nothing to actually keep people from using drugs. In fact, if the last 40 years' policies are any indication, ever-stiffer legal penalties pretty much never keep people from using, dealing, and trafficking. It just turns people into criminals and makes violent smuggling operations profitable. Want to really address the problem of drug addiction and violent crime - end the War on Drugs.

Sobobaseball3407
Sobobaseball3407

you can close down every single head shop in the nation us pot heads will find ways to smoke we have for years you think closing down a few headshops is going to stop us from smoking our ganja you're are not only wrong but clearly misunderstood what a pothead is capable of

vitajex
vitajex

I heard Stillwater's just beginning their vendetta against drug-related goods.  There are several other bills on the table, including:

-Banning all sales of AdultSwim DVDs.-Requiring Photo ID for all purchases of Cool Ranch Doritos and disallowing any sales to any persons over the age of 17.-Anyone attempting to buy copies of The Doors' albums must first attend a safety class and abide by a mandatory three day waiting period.-Visine is now to be stocked behind the counter, and any person requesting to buy Visine is now subject to the pharmacists' 'Stinkeye'.

Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

REALLY?  Are we back in the stone-ages again, MN?  Ug, cave-man scared of fire, SMASH!

Guest
Guest

fuck you stillwater, you cant ban cigarillos

Silly Conservatives!!
Silly Conservatives!!

Dumb. The people of Stillwater can buy pipes almost anywhere else in the metro. Way to chase money out of your town. Pipe shops in the east metro are about to get a little more profitable. Way to go, Stillwater.

Jpetersen
Jpetersen

Smokers (whether they ingest tobacco, marijuana or crack) are morons.

SmarterThanTheAverageBear
SmarterThanTheAverageBear

I love that this post comes up on the same week that a Harvard Business Professor is putting together a petition for table discussion on legalization.....But then again, I'm sure the mayor of the now always known town of Bongwater, MN is just as smart or smarter than an Ivy League Professor......

JACC
JACC

I'm just going to call them Bongwater, Mn from now on. Sometimes idiocy gets taken to such a level that it needs the Dan Savage/Rick Santorum treatment of public shaming through nicknames.

John_Hoffman
John_Hoffman

I think it's a good decision to ban the paraphernalia for smoking. There are too many mixed messages about pot. Heroin is killing our youth and creating turmoil in families. Being dismissive of drug use is irresponsible and doesn't acknowledge our role in the States as being the demand side of the economy that fuels the drug cartels in Mexico who are destroying that country as well with heinous murders for anyone who gets in their way. Live and promote a clean and sober life.

Guest
Guest

I enjoy you.

JACC
JACC

What is a Stillwater? Oh... you mean Bongwater, Mn.

Anthonasty
Anthonasty

I know! That's why I bought my vaporizer!!!

Token B
Token B

soo, I guess we should ban rolling papers too?

Big D
Big D

Supporting drug cartel...... Weed.....NO! Thats what the U.S govt did when theyShipped coke in the 90's. Yes our govt! U might ban pipes but guess what that will do.... Bring more pippes to that community for more profit cause now u can't buy them. Scare tactics about supporting cartel is far fetched! Do your research, don't listen to propaganda on your tv!!!! You can't stop the flow of marijuana or glass pipes.....which a vast majority is home grown and home blown!

SickofIdiots
SickofIdiots

I take it you don't drink alcohol or coffee? Or eat sugar? Do you do ANYTHING in this world that MIGHT hurt you?  If so, check yourself into rehab and get clean man!!  

h.s
h.s

Do you know what else fuels the Mexican drug cartels? Our drug laws. If marijuana were legal, the US could take control of the marijuana industry and the drug cartels would be cut back.

i'mSCARED
i'mSCARED

Heroin is not pot. Prescription medications kill more people each year than even heroin and pot kills nobody. Pushing through laws like this does not solve any problems, in fact, it does absolutely nothing. If you want to fight the demand side of the problem, like you say, then spend the money used to enforce laws like these and fund responsible and FACTUAL drug rehab programs. 

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 why wouldn't the drug cartels just fund corporations?  I don't think it is morally right to allow for such drugs to be legal or decriminalized.. at least without significant repercussions.  Let's say they decriminalize heroin.  does this have any positive impact on society?  What about drugs that can be manufactured easily?  What if corporations created drugs like MDMA, and someone dies from it knowing that it's use carries health issues?  Is this like smoking?

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 Whilst I agree prescription drugs is a load of all toss - but we should be speaking out about taking all drugs, not just the recreational ones.  Why on earth should we fund rehab programs for recreational drugs when there is plenty of information about the impacts they have.  I understand funding them for drugs where there is significant misinformation (i.e. prescription based).  But the point being you shouldn't be taking drugs period.  If you do, take them at your own risk, and don't expect to be given free rehab or drug treatment.

Scott55116
Scott55116

Fine then make booze illegal!!!!!!!! can't stand drunk people. I was at the twins game sunday and all around me was the stinking smell of booze. Yet I cannot have a cig anywhere in the whole stadium really?

Guest
Guest

Decriminalizing and regulating heroin could have a positive impact on society in that A.) it would drastically reduce accidental overdoses due to fluctuations in purity...some stuff on the street is only 35% pure, and other stuff is over 90% pure...if you do the same amount of both, you will likely overdose on the pure stuff. Also, as stated above B.) it would cripple the funding (and thus the motive) for organized crime groups and violent gangs. Because of drug prohibition "war on drugs", these criminals currently have a HUGE (billions) moneymaking opportunity to sell on the black market. In order to protect this business, they are committing violent acts and murders both above and below the Mexican border, and across American cities and towns. If it were legalized and regulated, and users could buy it in the stores, people would no longer have to associate with violent criminals to buy their stuff. Although it occasionally happens, how many people do you know who buy tobacco or alcohol from street dealers? Nope, they buy it at the store, and C.) Pay high taxes on it, which provides the government money that can be used to cover the associated health care, treatment, and enforcement expenses. And like they said, this article isn't even addressing the issue of heroin, which is acknowledged as a dangerous, highly-addictive drug that can cause overdoses...it's talking about weed, a plant that has never killed anyone, but who's criminalization has ruined thousands of lives due to criminal charges and incarceration, saturates the criminal justice system taking the focus of American Law Enforcement and courts away from the true violent offenders that pose a threat to society, and turns honest moral people into "criminals," thus creating distrust and hostility between the people and the police. 

h.s
h.s

We're talking about marijuana here. 

jonnybegoodlicksnuts
jonnybegoodlicksnuts

Your an idiot, and a selfish bastard, let me guess an aspiring politician lol?

h.s
h.s

Quit deflecting, we're talking about marijuana here. 

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